National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Ablekuma Central, Theophilus Tetteh Chaie says President John Mahama has no power to stop the live telecast of the ongoing Election Petition before the Supreme Court.
According to him, the president as head of the Executive has no authority to contravene any decision taken by the Judiciary.
Tetteh Chaie was reacting to media reports that President Mahama intends to stop the live broadcast of the ongoing hearing of the substantive case of the Election Petition by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
This follows calls by some individuals and civil society groups in the country that the live telecast of the court case is affecting productivity.
They argued that because the court proceeding is aired during working hours; it affects the output of workers. They therefore are suggesting that the court hearing be recorded and rebroadcast after working hours.
However, Theophilus Tetteh Chaie on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday said such calls are misplaced.
He indicated that the live telecast of the court proceeding for the past six days has eliminated bias from both NDC and NPP and brought some sanity in our electoral discourse.
The Ablekuma Central MP noted that the live broadcast does not pose any threat to the nation as some people are making it seem.
He said Ghanaians have been enlightened on court proceedings and given more insight in the country’s electoral process.
The NDC MP stated unequivocally that it is the desire of government for every Ghanaian to view the court case on television to its logical conclusion.
Tetteh Chaie intimated that the ongoing court case is an academic exercise of which the NDC will be vindicated.