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NDC and President Mahama file affidavits

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

President Mahama in a handshake with Nana AddoLawyers for President John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress were at the Supreme Court premises on Monday to file their affidavits ahead of the hearing of the substantive election petition which begins Tuesday.

A member of the legal team Mr Victor Kojogah Adawudu told Graphic Online he was at the court to represent the first respondent, President John Dramani Mahama and the third respondent, the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Information gathered by Graphic Online indicated that the respondents arrived at the Supreme Court premises with six pick-up vehicles full of documents to support their case.

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It included 250 boxes with more than 7000 affidavits.

The star witness of President John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress is Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, who is the General Secretary of the NDC.

The star witness of the petitioners is also Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, who was the presidential running mate of the Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

The second respondent, the Electoral Commission is yet to file their affidavits and they have up to Tuesday to do that.

Lawyers for President Mahama and the NDC did not finish filing their affidavits as of 6:40pm when clerks of the Supreme Court were closing work for the day.

They are expected to continue with the filing on Tuesday.

Hearing of the landmark electoral petition, which is contesting the declaration of President John Dramani Mahama as the winner of the December 2012 presidential polls begins at the Supreme Court in Accra Tuesday.

The petitioners are expected to call their first witness/and or witnesses Tuesday, depending on how long the witness/witnesses would testify and how long cross-examination would take and if need be, how long the re-examination lasts.

The case, which promises to be a significant historical event in Ghana’s legal and political culture, has the petitioners urging the court to annul 4,670,504 valid votes and subsequently declare the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as the one who won the December 2012 elections.

According to them, Nana Akufo-Addo won the elections by 59.69 per cent while President Mahama polled 39.1 per cent.

They are, therefore, challenging the EC’s declaration of President Mahama as winner of the presidential polls with 50.70 per cent.

However, the EC, which is one of the respondents in the case and the conductor of the polls, is standing by its December 9, 2012 declaration of President Mahama as the winner of the polls with 50.7 per cent while it still holds that Nana Akufo-Addo placed second with 47.7 per cent.

Story: Mabel Aku Banaseh & Enoch Darfah Frimpong / Graphic.com.gh