Apr 17, 2013 at 5:02am
EC Files Afidavit To Pave The Way For Petition Hearing
The electoral commission has now filed it's affidavit paving the way for the beginning of the hearing on Wednesday.
Representatives of the commission were at the court's registry last night and went through the processes.
The start of the hearing of the petition was on Tuesday adjourned to Wednesday because of the EC’s inability to file the affidavit.
The petitioners had argued that hearing could not start if they are not served with the EC’s affidavit while lawyers for president Mahama, the NDC and the EC wanted the proceedings to begin on Tuesday.
The judges however ruled that in the interest of justice, and in line with their earlier order, the EC ought to file before hearing begins.
Now that the EC has filed, it's up to the officials of the court to serve the petitioners and the other respondents.
It is recalled that the petitioners had filed their affidavit on the 7th of this month, but it was not until the 11th that the respondents were served.
Also, President Mahama and the NDC have also filed their affidavits on Monday, but the petitioners say they have not yet been served fully.
It is therefore not clear how soon the petitioners will be served with the EC’s affidavit.
But Radio Ghana's Bubu Klinogo who has been following the case, reports that once the EC has filed, the court is likely to order the petitioners to open their case Wednesday.
Earlier in court, the judges ruled to regularise the live television coverage of the proceedings.
They held that, looking at the kind of acrimony and tensions that characterize Ghana s body politic, the live coverage will help eradicate every doubts and misconceptions about the process.
All the parties welcome the live coverage of the hearing.
The court again declined the NPP, permission to use audio visuals in the presentation of their case.
The chairman of the electoral commission and returning officer in the presidential election, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan made his first appearance in court.
At the last sitting, the judges criticized him for not showing up in court, or even swearing to any of the affidavits. The three petitioners together with other leading members of both the NDC and NPP were also in court.