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NPP files electoral petition at Supreme Court
Posted : 28 Dec 2012 | by AEP editor |
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) would be calling 25 witnesses in its petition filed at the Supreme Court challenging the validity of President John Mahama as President-elect after the December 7 and 8 polls.
In its petition filed at the Supreme Court at 12:20pm, the petitioners comprising Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, the party’s flag bearer and his running mate Dr Mamoudu Bawumia and Mr Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, the Party Chairman prayed the court to declare that President John Daramani Mahama was invalidly elected.
The petitioners said by their own calculation, Nana Addo obtained 50.28 per cent of votes cast while President John Mahama obtained 48.26 percent and contended that it was rather Nana Addo who was validly elected.
They were therefore seeking consequential orders as the court may deem fit.
On the grounds of appeal, the petitioners noted that there were diverse and flagrant violation of the statutory provisions and regulation governing the December 7 and 8 Presidential elections which substantially and materially affected the results declared by the Electoral Commission (EC).
The party also noted that the EC permitted voting to take place in many polling stations across the country without prior biometric registration by Presiding members and their assistants, describing that conduct as unlawful.
Furthermore, the NPP contended that there were gross and widespread irregularities and malpractices which impounded on the validity of the results in 4,709 polling stations.
The EC and President Mahama, the two respondents, have 21 days to respond to the petition depending on which date they would be served by the bailiffs of the court.