Security personnel take position at Supreme Court premises

Police at court

Police at court

Accra, April 16, GNA – Personnel of the security services have mounted post at strategic locations at the premises of the Supreme Court to maintain law and order as the Election 2012 Petition case formally begins today Tuesday in Accra.

Persons including lawyers, political party bigwigs and journalists entering the Supreme Court premises are taking through security checks, while the main gate remains closed.

The state broadcaster, Ghana Television (GTV) is broadcasting live the proceeding following the Chief Justice’s order.

Other private televisions stations are also showing from the GTV feeds. At the forecourt of the GTV, an OB Van is showing the feeds as well for the public.

Scores of international and local media personnel have also besieged the premises of the Supreme Court to report on Ghana’s landmark election case.

The Election Petition was brought before the Supreme Court by the flag bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, his running mate and Mr Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, the NPP Chairman challenging the outcome of the December 2012 Presidential poll.

The petitioners are seeking to overturn the declaration of President John Dramani Mahama as winner of Election 2012, citing widespread irregularities during the conduct of the poll.

The Court is expected to establish whether or not there were statutory violations, irregularities, omissions and malpractices in the 2012 general elections and then determine whether these could affect the results declared.

The respondents are John Dramani Mahama, the current President of the Republic, the ruling National Democratic Congress and Mr Kwadwo Afari Gyan, the Electoral Commissioner.