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Ghana Election result challenge in “final stages”

Supreme Court set to announce verdict sometime after 14 August 2013

 

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It’s been such a long process that some of you may have forgotten that the Ghanaian 2012 election result was actually in dispute as John Dramani Mahama was inaugurated as President and has quietly gone about his job running the country. However Ghana’s supreme court heard final arguments on Wednesday over whether it should overturn the results of 2012 presidential polls due to irregularities, in a case that has transfixed the nation at the time.

Just to recap the country’s largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party,  is challenging President John Dramani Mahama’s win last December, saying the vote was marred by irregularities and that their candidate Nana Akufo-Addo was the true winner. Mahama was elected with 50.7 percent of the vote in the December  election, which international observers said was free and fair. However the NPP cried foul, saying the election was handled improperly, and vowed to challenge the outcome in court.

The bulk of the NPP’s evidence consisted of “pink sheets”, which  were used to report the results from polling stations around the country. The NPP claims these sheets show a raft of improprieties, like ballot box-stuffing and voting by people who were not verified through a biometric system that was used for the first time in the December election.

Constitutional violations, malpractices and vulgarities have a material effect on the results,” Philip Addison, attorney for the NPP, told the court in closing arguments. Presiding justice William Atuguba announced that the court would  have a final hearing on August 14, then adjourn for a maximum of 15  days to deliberate before announcing its verdict.

If the court agrees with the NPP, it could order the country’s election commission to reverse Mahama’s election victory, which would be unprecedented and a stern test for Ghana’s democracy in regards to how they handle any power shift. In my previous blog post of 08/01/2013 Ghana Elections; NPP to challenge NDC Win at the time the petition was being filed by the opposition I questioned whether they had enough evidence to back up their claims but the fact they we have had a long standing trial indicates there was enough discrepancies to dispute.

Whatever verdict is announced later this month, this whole process has been good advert for transparent democracy in Ghana

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Ghana’s presidential debates: Round 1

As the two main Presidential candidates clash it is the underdog who rises to the challenge to charm voters in first debate

 

With the US Presidential election campaign and Hurricane Sandy dominating the news of late, you may not be aware that the Ghanaian Presidential debate took place on 30th October 2012 in Tamale. The CPP, NDC, NPP and PNC presidential candidates were all present in Ghana’s most northern city to engage in hotly contested televised discussion on some of the policies that matter most to voters.

President Mahama of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) being the flag-bearers of the biggest parties,  both put in professional performances. Mahama seemed slightly below par, perhaps as a result of being the incumbent, and spent much of his time lauding and defending the NDC’s record in government and not enough articulating his vision for the next four years. In contrast, Akufo-Addo took every opportunity to trumpet his flagship free Senior High School policy, and likely edged it in the vision stakes as a result.

However of the two minor parties, the Convention Peoples Party’s (CPP) Abu Sakara gave a good, technocratic performance and seems to have struck a chord with many viewers, especially the young. It is extremely unlikely that this performance enough to ensure he is in the running come the election but it was refreshing to see all the same. Hassan Ayariga of the Peoples National Convention (PNC) was less impressive and assessments of his performance by the media and online have been very unflattering. He seemed not to have a core focus to his arguments and at times butted in and looked as if he was supporting President Mahama with some of his comments.

Overall Nana Akufo-Addo will be happy with his efforts and President Mahama maybe less so, whilst Abu Skara ist not likely to win, he will be happy with the impact his performance had on voters. The next Presidential debate will be held in Accra on 20 November. We wait with anticipation…

If you saw the debate what did you make of it?  Which candidate are you backing to take Ghana forward?

This is an important time for Ghana so please join the debate and leave your comments below

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)