Ghana Supreme Court resumes hearing of Election Petition today0 Comments

By eddy adkins
Posted on 17 Apr 2013 at 6:52am

ghana_supreme_courtJustices at the Ghana Supreme Court will today sit for the second time on the petition brought before them by leaders of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Its flagbearer, 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 during voting.
The court upon sitting on for the first time on Tuesday could not hear the substantive case because the petitioners refused to open their case, saying they had not been served affidavits by the respondents.
The Electoral Commission, which is the second respondent, had at the time of sitting not filed its affidavits and those filed by the first and third respondents, President Mahama and the National Democratic Congress respectively,had also not been served the petitioners.
In court, counsels for the respondents impressed upon the petitioners to open their case irrespective of the fact that they had not been served the affidavits, saying the burden of proof lied on them.
But the petitioners refused and insisted the affidavits must be served them as agreed before they open their case.
After recess, the judges agreed to adjourn the case to Wednesday to allow for the second respondent to file its own affidavits and for the affidavits by the first and third respondents to be served on the petitioners.
The EC filed its affidavits in compliance to the court’s directive Tuesday evening, yet it is unclear whether the petitioners could be served before hearing today.Myjoyonline.com

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