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Ghana Presidency Elections: Petitioners dismissed!

Supreme Court Validates John D. Mahama’s win at 2012 Election

 

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So judgement day has come and gone! With John Dramani Mahama having survived the National Patriotic Party  (NPP) petition against him thus being validated as President. The day started with a mixture of excitement and apprehension in Accra. Some 32,000 security officers were deployed across Ghana to prevent any violence. However most Ghanaians didn’t ever believe the largely foreign media rhetoric that violence would break out following a verdict.

After the verdict was announced there was a sense of calm from most and I suspect a sense of relief from the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Crowds of NDC supporters emerged to stand on the court stairs, singing and waving white handkerchiefs.

The court ruled that President Mahama had been “validly elected” after beating the NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo by 50.7% to 47.7% in the December 2012 election. Mr Akufo-Addo said he would respect the decision of the nine judges.”I urge all our supporters to accept the verdict – and in peace,” he said.

It has been widely asserted that the NPP’s petition failed because although there were some evidence voting irregularities there was not sufficient proof that this could be put down to intentional fraud. Also there were questions about the scale of the irregularities and whether they would have actually made a difference to the result.

NDC general secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia said he was happy with the verdict, as he knew the party had done nothing wrong. The NDC will hope that the ruling will end the anxiety hanging over the Ghana for the last eight months.  This is something the NPP may disagree but they realise they don’t have much choice but to accept the judgement firstly because they had promised to do so and secondly because essentially they had reached the final stage by taking their grievance to the Supreme Court.

One of the most striking things about the whole process was that the case was broadcast live on television and radio in a rare show of judicial transparency not just in Ghana but in Africa. This in particular brought a sense of “soap opera drama” to the proceedings with the whole of Ghana virtually hooked on each episode awaiting the final instalment with bated breath.

For the past eight months everybody in Ghana has become honorary members of the Supreme Court, everybody is a lawyers now in. Courtroom language is being used in homes and public places as a mode of communication. There is no doubt that the 29 August 2013 will forever remain a pivotal day in Ghana’s political history.

Ghana may never be the same again after this.

 

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Ghana Elections: NPP to challenge NDC win

NPP & Akufo Addo aim to have final say on election result…

 

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Well we all knew what was coming as soon as the NPP (National Patriotic Party) refused to accept the results declared by the Election commission on 09 December.  Thus on 28 December 2012 the NPP (National Patriotic Party) finally filed a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge President John Mahama’s victory in the election earlier in December.

The NPP believed the election results were rigged in favor of incumbent President Mahama who they claimed colluded with some officials of the EC to manipulate the results. After analysing the data from 26,000 polling stations the party found irregularities such as cases of over voting and instances when people not registered by the new biometric finger-printing system were able to vote. Lastly the NPP had calculated that there were 1.34 million extra votes cast, which if withdrawn from the final tally would make Mr Akufo-Addo the winner.

Nana Akufo-Addo said it had not been an easy decision to go ahead with the challenge, but the evidence submitted was “mind-blowing and came as a shock even to sceptics in the party”.  He alongside Mahamudu Bawumia, his running-mate and Jake Otanka Obetsebi- Lamptey, chairman of the NPP filed the petition at the supreme court against the president-elect, John Dramani Mahama, the EC Chairman Kwadwo Afari- Gyan; and the EC itself.

When I initially thought about the ramifications if the NPP’s allegations are proved to be true, I could not help but think how damaging this petition may be to Ghana’s reputation as a tolerant and free democracy. However at the same time the fling of the petition shows democracy in operation with the NPP respecting the parameters of the constitution and filing the petition in accordance with the law. Moreover since rejecting the result the NPP have not sought to create unrest within the electorate but have remained calm and confident in collating their “mind blowing evidence”.

It remains to be seen whether the NPP have enough evidence to get the result overturned. The fact that international election observers described the poll as free and fair makes it seem unlikely. However if fraud is proven it will raise serious questions about the integrity of the Electoral Commission and its role in future elections. Whatever the outcome though, the Ghanaian electorate can be proud that they played an honest part in a peaceful election.

It is estimated the election challenge case is expected to be heard in three weeks. Meanwhile President Mahama is expected to be sworn into office on 7 January 2013.

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Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

MeFiRi Ghana’s Political Corner…

‘Empower’

 

‘With the 2012 elections set to be one to remember,

VP Mahama said, Ghanaians should preserve with the biometric registration for vote in December.

He called on all citizens, irrespective of their political party at the poll,

To register for the exercise, whilst participating in the exercise in his region of Bole.

Accompanied by the Northern, Upper West and Upper East regional ministers at the polling station,

VP Mahama urged Ghanaians to uphold the country’s credentials, as a proud democratic nation.

Promising that the government would provide a free and fair Electoral Commission, with all the logistics,

Mahama queued and registered to show the nation, they CAN produce representative statistics.

 

And that’s the latest MeFiRi Ghana Political Poetry.

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