Election Petition: Case Adjourned To Thursday

The election petition case has been adjourned to Thursday April 18, after the running mate of the NPP in the 2012 election Dr. Mahmoud Bawumia gave his evidence.

Dr. Mahmoud Bawumia basically gave four basis of the petition to the Supreme Court during his evidence.

The economist mentioned, over-voting, Non use of Biometric Identification prior to voting, Duplicate serial numbers con pink sheets and lack o signatures nof presiding officers.

Dr. Bawumia who was led in evidence by lead counsel of the petitioners, Philip Addison urged the Supreme Court to annul some 4,670,504 votes and subsequently declare the presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as the one who won the December presidential election.

The case has been touted as a significant historical event in Ghana’s legal and political history.

The successful filing of affidavits by the Electoral Commission on Tuesday April 17, 2013 paved the way for the Supreme Court to hopefully, to begin hearing the substantive election case.

The hearing was billed to have started on Tuesday but the Petitioners’ Lawyers insisted they could only proceed after the Electoral Commission (EC)-second Respondents-had filed its affidavits.

The nine-member Bench of Justices at the Supreme Court will sit every day, including weekends until the case is brought to an end.

The hearing will be televised at every sitting.

The Petitioners, the main opposition New Patriotic Party’s 2012 Flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, his running mate Dr Mahmoud Bawumia and the party’s national Chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey argue that the EC conspired with the incumbent party-National Democratic Congress-to steal the December 7 and 8 presidential elections for President John Mahama.

They therefore, are praying the Court to set aside and nullify the EC’s results which declared President Mahama as winner of the presidential poll.