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‘Political parties must accept Supreme Court decisions’

BY: Samuel K. Obour

(From left) Nana Akufo Addo, John Mahama

A political activist has called on political parties and politicians  to accept the Supreme Court decisions on the election petition.

In the view of Mr Christopher Tetteh, Ghana, as a democratic country, had enjoyed peace and stability after the December 7 elections, which must be maintained after the decision of the Supreme Court. 

Three petitioners from the New Patriotic Party are at the Supreme Court challenging the outcome of the 2012 polls which the Electoral Commission declared in favour of President John Mahama. They are Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NPP’s 2012 presidential candidate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, his running mate, and Mr Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey, the Chairman of NPP.

Mr Tetteh, who is a student at the Jayee University College, said all political parties, including the party in government, should accept the final decision of the supreme court whether it went in their favour or not.

“This will help the nation to avoid chaos and violence,” he stated.

This was what occurred in Venezuela after the court hearing, which generated into  inter-party conflict, Mr Tetteh stated. 

He said the media, as the channel or mouthpiece through which information from various political platforms got to the people, must also be careful with the kind of information they disseminated  so as to protect the country’s democratic dispensation.

He said Ghana, which is touted as a peaceful nation, was being monitored by her neighbours and so Ghanaians must do everything to sustain our democracy.

He said the Supreme Court was the highest mandated body to address legal grievances and must be highly respected to save Ghana and defend our democracy.