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NPP seeks evidence for Supreme Court

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

At a press conference in Accra Sunday, the NPP’s Director of Communications, Nana Akomea, said, “Currently, the party has cross-checked, double and triple checked the results of 20,000 of the 26,000 polling stations and the findings are horrible and overwhelming.”

The Electoral Commission (EC), on December 9, declared President Mahama winner of the presidential election. He polled 5,574,761 votes, representing 50.70 per cent of the valid votes cast, to beat his closest challenger, Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP, who obtained 5,248,898 votes, representing 47.74 per cent of the votes cast.

But the NPP has decided to use legal means to contest the results declared by the EC.

The party is challenging the figures announced by the EC because it believes that there is ample evidence to prove that the results were tampered with before they reached the EC.

Nana Akomea explained that the NPP believed in the Constitution of the Republic and the wisdom of the judges of the Supreme Court, especially with regard to Article 64 which offers Ghanaian citizens the opportunity to challenge election results within 21 days after the declaration of those results.

Article 64 (1) states: “The validity of the election of the President may be challenged only by a citizen of Ghana who may present a petition for the purpose to the Supreme Court within twenty-one days after the declaration of the results of the election in respect of which the petition is presented.”

 “As we dig and verify, more disturbing revelations crop up, but to build a proper case that will stand the test of time and also help build the democratic process to ensure that every vote that is cast is counted as such, the NPP will not rush to court,” Nana Akomea said.

He said the NPP was building “water-tight” evidence and was also aware that after filing the case, the defendants would have 10 days to respond, which might be days after President Mahama had been sworn in as the next President.

However, Nana Akomea said the Constitution anticipated such a scenario and, therefore, the swearing in and assumption of office by the President would be of no effect if it came out that the verdict was stolen.

According to him, the setting up of the Transition Team, led by the Vice-President, would have no effect on the decision of the Supreme Court on the petition that would be filed by the NPP.

He supported his case with Article 64 (2) of the Constitution, which states: “A declaration by the Supreme Court that the election of the President is not valid shall be without prejudice to anything done by the President before the declaration.”

The NPP’s Director of Communications expressed concern over the subtle way in which the EC was by-passing the NPP hierarchy and inviting the various polling station agents of the party to meetings and urged the NPP agents not to honour any invitation from the EC.

He explained that the decision of the NPP to challenge the results was based on its belief in strengthening the democratic process, especially the electoral process, so that the irregularities which were associated with the December 7 polls were not allowed to persist or recur.

Story by Donald Ato Dapatem