NPP lawyers file affidavits for election petition

General News of Monday, 8 April 2013

Source: Joy Online

Gloria Akuffo Bbc

Lawyers for New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer Nana Akufo Addo, his running mate Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia and party Chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey on Sunday completed filing affidavits of witnesses they intend to call as they prepare for the start of the petition hearing by the Supreme Court.

The petitioners are challenging results of the presidential elections which was held between the December 7 and December 8, 2012 in which the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, John Dramani Mahama was declared winner.

Judges on Wednesday ordered all the parties to file affidavits of their witnesses but said special dispensation will be granted to some witnesses outside the rules if their reason is compelling.

Lawyer Gloria Akufo, who speaks for the petitioners, told Joy News they will go back to court on April 16 after the affidavit has been filed by lawyers of both parties.

“We go back to court on [April] 16, court ordered that we file our affidavit within five days of the order and then the respondent also get to file five days upon service of our affidavit and then we go back to court on [April] 16,” she said.