Stalled productivity is right price to pay for telecast of election petition – LMVCA

Stalled productivity is right price to pay for telecast of election petition - LMVCA

The Let My Vote Count Alliance has debunked suggestions that the live broadcast of the ongoing Supreme Court hearing of the petition against the 2012 election results, could lead to low productivity.

The group cautioned that: “Further interference in the justice delivery process by halting the live telecast of the hearing will only incur the wrath and outright displeasure of the good people of Ghana.

Concerns have been raised about the continuous live coverage of the hearing because it has the potential to disrupt work and affect productivity.

The presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC) in the 2012 election, Hassan Ayariga last week called for a stop to the live broadcast of the election petition hearing because accordingly to him, it will greatly affect investor confidence in the Ghanaian economy.

However, the LMVCA has a different opinion. The group said, “In any case, economic activities grinding to a halt whilst the entire nation seeks justice in this case could be deemed as the right price to pay for Ghana opting for democracy.”

“Ghanaians are aware that in countries where the legal routes were ignored and power dislodged through brutish and democratically unacceptable means, the nation was brought to a standstill any way”.

The statement said: “The live telecast of Supreme Court proceedings has given Ghanaians the opportunity to have first-hand knowledge of proceedings, rendering propagandists redundant and defunct on the matters of the proceedings”.

“The live broadcast of proceedings, we believe, will enhance transparency and educate Ghanaians better. Any subterfuge approach to deny the voter this fundamental right and or privilege would be considered anti-democratic and would not be tolerated by Ghanaians.

The group however expressed expresses appreciation to the Supreme Court for its decision to air proceedings of this historic case live.

The NPP’s 2012 presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his running mate Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey are challenging the outcome of the 2012 polls citing widespread irregularities.

Lawyers for the Electoral Commission, second respondent in the petition, will on Monday April 29, 2013, continue their cross examination of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice Presidential candidate of New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 elections.