Election Petition Judgement Day: Supreme Court Restricts Attendance To Four Groups

The Supreme Court has indicated that only accredited persons will be allowed attendance to the Court on the judgement day of the presidential election petition currently before it.

A statement signed by the judicial secretary, Justice Alex B. Poku-Acheampong, noted that attendance to the court on Thursday, August 29, 2013 had been restricted to only four groups of people.

The groups, the statement said were the two parties in the case, the Bar, the media and representatives of the security agencies.

According to the statement, “the decision has been taken to ensure that security at the court premises and inside the courtroom is not compromised in anyway.”

The four groups have, therefore, been advised to contact the Office of the Director of Communications from midday of Tuesday, August 27, 2013 to Wednesday, August 28, 2013 for their accreditation.

It further added that all accreditation cards which were used during the previous sittings had been withdraw and were thus, considered no longer valid.

The statement further advised the general public to stay away from the premises of the court on the judgement day.

“With the exception of the identified groups of people who will be provided accreditation cards to enter the court, the general public is advised to follow proceedings from the Supreme Court through television and radio sets as has been the practice,” the statement added.

It also directed party functionaries, former and current ministers of state, as well as parliamentarians who wished to attend proceedings to contact their party headquarters for accreditation.

The media was also advised to renew their accreditations by forwarding an official letter bearing the name of the reporter and or cameraman who have been assigned as well as their staff ID cards to the office of the Director of Communications of the Judicial Service.

Visitors to the Supreme Court have also been advised to note that seats in the court room would be numbered to correspond with the number on the accreditation cards and are therefore, requested to cross-check the number on their cards against their seat numbers.