Supreme Court adjourns case to tomorrow

The Supreme Court has adjourned the ongoing election petition case to Wednesday, April 17 to allow the Electoral Commission file its affidavit for the petitioners to be served.

The Petitioners earlier objected to the hearing of the case to begin today until the Electoral Commission had filed its affidavit.

The Counsel for the EC, Lawyer Quarshie Idun insisted that there was burden of proof on petitioners so the case should be opened for hearing to begin.

Meanwhile, President John Mahama, the EC and the NDC were pushing for the hearing of the case to begin today.

The hearing of the substantive Election Petition case was carried live on both television and radio stations from the Supreme Court.

The petitioners, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (1st petitioner), his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia (2nd petitioner) and the party Chairman, Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey (3rd petitioner), are expected to call their first witnesses on Tuesday.

The petitioners are urging the court to annul 4,670,504 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.