POLITRICKS OF THE DAY: Finally…NPP Files Petition Challenging 2012 Election Results

Supreme Court, Ghana

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), gave meaning to the party’s quest to seek legal redress after claiming the 2012 General Elections were rigged in favour of President John Dramani Mahama when its team of seasoned lawyers stormed the Supreme Court to file a suit seeking to invalidate the Presidential Election results.

On December 9, 2012, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), declared President Mahama as the president-elect in the December 7 polls, as the NPP made a failed attempt to convince the EC boss to put the results on hold for 24 hours to enable the party to produce more evidence of alleged discrepancies that would have enormous impact on the final results.

The party promptly rejected the declared results and declared its resolve to seek redress at the Supreme Court.

At a press conference in Accra today, National Chairman of the NPP, Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey stated: “I am happy to inform everybody here that suit number J1/6/13 has been duly filed at the Registry of the Supreme Court.”

He indicated that there were three named plaintiffs in the suit, namely Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawiumia and himself.

He also revealed that the party uncovered irregularities that not only favored the NDC presidential candidate, John Mahama but also some NDC parliamentary candidates in various parts of the country.

In the said petition filed at the highest court of the land, the NPP prayed that the Supreme Court declares:

(1) That John Dramani Mahama, the 2nd Respondent herein was not validly elected president of the Republic of Ghana.

(2) That Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 1st Petitioner herein, rather was validly elected President of the Republic of Ghana.

(3) Consequential orders as to this court may seem meet.


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