Posted on Thursday, 22 August 2013 15:19

Ghana's political rivals in election petition to meet over court's verdict

By Lawrence Quartey

Ghana's President John Mahama is set to meet his rival over the Supreme Court’s verdictGhana's President John Dramani Mahama is to meet his main political opponent Nana Akufo Addo before the country's highest court rules on the 2012 presidential election petition next week.


The meeting, at the instance of five other presidential hopefuls in the 2012 elections, is to afford the two the opportunity to demonstrate to the entire nation and especially their supporters that they will respect the verdict of the Supreme Court come onAugust 29.

The court, after months of hearing the election petition filed by Nana Akufo-Addo, 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), his running mate, Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, the party's chairman, said it will deliver its judgement on August 29.

The date, venue, and time of the proposed meeting are yet to be made known.

The meeting is also aimed at preparing the grounds for acceptance of the verdict by the grassroots.

The five other losing presidential candidates called on Mahama on Wednesday after an earlier meeting with Nana Addo to express similar sentiments.

In their solidarity message they say: "It would be in the national interest if both of you will demonstrate to Ghanaians that both of you are ready to accept the verdict by sitting together in a meeting with us".

Immediately after the ruling, the candidates asked, Mahama and Nana Akufo Addo should issue a public statement.

They have also called for the constitution of a multi-party committee of eminent political figures to have oversight for needed electoral reforms and the need to budget for and support implementation of any needed electoral reforms so that they are completed by 2015, well ahead of the 2016 general elections.

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The five are Jacob Osei Yeboah, an independent presidential candidate, Kwasi Addae of the United Front Party, Hassan Ayariga of the People's National Convention, Henry Lartey president of the Great Consolidated Popular Party and Abu Sakara, from the Convention People's Party.

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