Election Petition: Supreme Court Resumes Hearing Today

Supreme Court

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will today sit for the second time on the petition brought before it by leaders of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo flagbearer of the NPP, his running mate Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey are challenging the outcome of the 2012 polls citing widespread irregularities during voting.

On Tuesday the court began hearing the case, for the first time but could not hear the substantive case because the petitioners refused to open their case, saying they had not been served affidavits by the respondents.

The Electoral Commission, which is the second respondent, had at the time of sitting not filed its affidavits and those filed by the first and third respondents, President Mahama and the National Democratic Congress respectively, had also not been served the petitioners.

Counsels for the respondents therefore impressed upon the petitioners to open their case irrespective of the fact that they had not been served the affidavits, saying the burden of proof lied on them.

But the petitioners refused and insisted the affidavits must be served them as agreed before they open their case.

After recess, the judges agreed to adjourn the case to Wednesday to allow for the second respondent to file its own affidavits and for the affidavits by the first and third respondents to be served on the petitioners.