The Supreme Court is set to rule on a number of applications filed by some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to join the petition filed by the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party for the 2012 elections, Nana Akufo Addo and two others, challenging the 2012 election results.
Today’s ruling will pave way for the substantive case to be heard.
According to the applicants, their attention had been drawn to the petitioners' prayer for votes to be annulled in 11,916 polling stations, and since they were citizens who cast their ballots and witnessed what happened on voting day, they did not want their votes to be annulled.
They said they wanted to be heard by the court because it was their right under Article 42 of the 1992 Constitution to vote.
The petitioners in the case, Nana Akufo-Addo, his running mate Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and the Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey filed the petition at the highest court of the land praying it to annul votes cast in 11,916 polling stations due to what they termed "gross and widespread irregularities".
They had, in a December 28, 2012 petition, called for the annulment of votes cast in 4,709 polling stations but amended their petition on February 9, 2013 after the court had granted them permission to do so, citing 11,916 polling stations as the total number of polling stations where alleged irregularities were recorded.
The three had initially called for the cancellation of 1,342,845 valid votes cast during the election at 4,709 polling stations due to the alleged irregularities were recorded during the elections. But they are now urging the Supreme Court to pronounce additional 3,327,659 valid votes cast as invalid.
Member of the NPP Legal Team, Madam Gloria Akuffu told Citi News
she was hopeful the court will give “directions [on] the date on which the trial will begin, barring any other directions that the court may make. Also [for the court] to set out the mode of the trial that is, if it should be through oral or documentary? If there are any other directions that you seek for the courts, such as using PowerPoint presentations, you put all that out for the courts to look at them to make an order as to how the trial will go and what the issues for the determination should be?”
On his part, Mr Victor Adawudu, Member of the Legal team of the NDC noted that “for Article 42, which gives them (joinder applicants) that Constitutional right, they (Supreme Court) cannot annul that vote. If they want to annul that vote, they should be heard on that matter.”