Mixed reactions about election petition

Diverse opinions have been expressed by sections of the public on the election petition challenging the declaration of President John Dramani Mahama as the winner of the 2012 general election, a survey conducted by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Monday revealed.

Mr Kwame Boakye, a banker, in an interview with the GNA said he had been following the proceedings from the day it started and he could confidently say that, the election petition was good and perfect for the electoral system of Ghana.

“I can assure you that after the court proceedings, Ghana would continue to stand out uprightly in terms of its democratic credence she is noted for”.

Mrs Agnes Owusu, a seamstress said she thinks the judges were being fair and that it was a good democratic exercise in Ghana since citizens could have a fair knowledge about what takes place in the various courtrooms…

“Negatively I foresee that after all proceedings, if a final verdict does not favor one party, it will definitely create chaos for Ghana and so I would plead with the Electoral Commission (EC) to give room for a run- off election for peace to prevail”.

Ms Angel Lamiley, a student at Accra Polytechnic told the GNA that, the proceedings was a good platform to see how law was practiced and that it would place Ghana’s democracy on a high pedestal.

Mr Gabriel Addasi of “Nyame Tease Super Mart” told the GNA that the proceeding at the Supreme Court was interesting but the live telecast had slowed down productivity.

“People who are so much into politics would not mind sitting glued to their televisions sets for the whole day in the name of following court proceedings without working in their offices or coming out to buy from us the traders”.

Madam Naa Dzidzor of Naa “D” Jewelry said so far she thinks it has been good especially with the cross examination, as the first petitioner had been consistent with his responds, adding that, she will wait to see if there would be any new development today.

Mr Eric Addae, a credit broker told the GNA that, he was counting on the judges to be fair and firm in their final verdict and that the political parties involved should accept the outcome of the court case in good faith.

Mr Addae advised the media to enforce their watchdog roles and not conclude on events before the court to help prevent disruptions in the entire judicial process.

Three leading members of the NPP are seeking to nullify the declaration of President John Mahama as the winner of the 2012 election.

The Electoral Commission and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are the other respondents in the case currently before the Supreme Court.