NewsWest AfricaGhana: Court declares John Mahama validly elected


Posted on Thursday, 29 August 2013 14:54

Ghana: Court declares John Mahama validly elected

By Lawrence Quartey

Ghana's President John Dramani MahamaGhana's President John Dramani Mahama was validly elected in the December 2012 election, the country's highest court, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday after a 50-day live broadcast hearing.

The nine member bench, led by Justice William Atuguba dismissed a challenge by the opposition that sought to have the election of Mahama declared the winner, citing gross violation and irregularities.

"In the circumstances the overall effect is that the first respondent (Mahama) was validly elected and the petition is, therefore, dismissed," Atuguba ruled.

There were fears of riots ahead of the judgement, but calm prevailed, with the streets almost deserted, as Ghanaians were glued to their television sets.

Civil servants took the day off and families watched the verdict live on television.

The leader of the main opposition party in the 2012 presidential election, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Mahamudu Bawumia and the chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey were the petitioners that challenged the declaration of the results and the subsequent pronouncement of Mahama, as the winner.

The petitioners sought the court to invalidate the results, citing gross violations and irregularities that took place during the polling days on December 7 and 8.

The respondents were Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the chairman of the Electoral Commission, Kwadwo Afari-Gyan and the NDC party.

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