Challenge Of 2012 Elections In Court Would Only Pass For "Academic Exercise" – MP

Theophilus Tetteh Chai, the Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma Central Constituency has stated emphatically that the on-going challenge of the December 2012 elections results in the Supreme Court would not change the declaration of the Electoral Commission (EC) but would pass for an “academic exercise”.

“I am grateful to God that the trial has finally commenced but I want to reiterate my earlier position on this matter and that is, this issue before the court would become an academic exercise at the end of the day”, he explained.

According to him, the engagement of the Supreme Court by the petitioners is very good for our democracy because it would add to the credentials of Ghana in the eyes of the World and help bring about reforms in our electoral system but insisted that it would not take away “even a single vote from any candidate’s results”.

The representative of the people of Ablekuma Central made this submission during a political talk show program on Asempa Fm on Wednesday after proceedings of the Supreme Court had come to an end. In an analysis of what the second petitioner told the court on the second day of hearing, Hon. Tetteh Chai stated that there is nothing new by way of evidence.

He was of the view that “judging from the way Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia answered the question put to him by his Lawyer; I could tell he is inexperienced when it comes to the electoral issues of this country. When it comes to the work at the polling station, the running mate of the NPP candidate is new in it. When it comes to elections proper, when you are looking for people who are well vested in the electoral processes, go to the polling station and ask the party agents”.

The Law maker further insisted that despite the fact that many are failing Dr. Bawumia for explaining the details of the irregularities which characterized the 2012 general elections to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the process would not change the verdict of the Electoral Commission (EC).