General News of Tuesday, 2 April 2013
The Forum for Governance and Justice (FGJ) has said it is‘unfair’ to pressurise the Supreme Court to fast track the petition challenging the credibility of the 2012 elections following the resolution of the Kenyan election petition.
Kenya’s Supreme Court upheld Uhuru Kenyatta’s Presidential election victory after rejecting several petitions challenging his election as President a few weeks after the polls.
Some Ghanaians, after the Kenyan ruling, are calling on the Supreme Court to hasten Ghana’s election petition to clear all doubts about the legitimacy of President Mahama.
Three petitioners from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo and two others, are challenging the 2012 Presidential elections which declared President John Mahama as winner.
According to Dr. Clement Apaak, Convener of FGJ, ample time must be given to all the parties involved to state their case to ensure the verdict of the court is respected at the end of proceedings.
“We all hope that the petition will be heard very soon and a decision will be taken so that we can move on as a country. We must be cognisant of the fact that Ghana is not Kenya. We have different experiences and we have different processes therefore it will be unfair to try and hasten our Supreme Court simply because another country which has experienced a similar situation have been able to conclude their petition,” he said.
He suggested that all the sides involved in the case must “feel heard and that they present their evidence appropriately so that when the verdict is reached, no side will stand to accuse the court of having been biased or having not allowed them to properly present their side of the case”.
Dr. Apaak therefore cautioned the petitioners and the general public “to be very circumspect about the kinds of pronouncements they make about the court in terms of whether the case is delayed or not”.