Supreme Court dismisses petitioners’ case
Accra, Aug 29, GNA – The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld President John Dramani Mahama as winner of the December 7 presidential election, as declared by the Electoral Commission.
The Court, by that decision, also dismissed the case of the petitioners in the landmark election dispute case that has dragged on for about eight months.
In the aftermath of the December polls whose result had been declared in favour of then candidate John Dramaini Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo, flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, his running mate, and Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, Chairman of the NPP had petitioned the Court to annul the poll result, citing gross irregularities and constitutional violations.
Following the Supreme Court”s verdict today, Nana Akuffo-Addo congratulated President Mahama on his victory.
The NPP flagbearer also called on party supporters to accept the Court’s ruling in good faith and to put the election dispute behind them so that the nation could move forward.
The city of Accra that had come to a standstill began to breathe again after the Supreme Court handed down judgement. A quiet atmosphere had descended on the national capital throughout the morning, with deserted streets and half-empty offices.
Even though the day had not been formally declared a public holiday, there appeared to be a silent pact on the part of residents of Accra to take the day off, as a greater majority of the population had chosen to remain at home.
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