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Yaw Buabeng Asamoah calls for amendment of electoral petition law

A Deputy Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, has urged Ghanaians to push for an amendment of the current constitutional provisions on electoral petitions.

According to him, the current arrangement makes it difficult for the running of the country when an electoral petition is being adjudicated.

Yaw Buabeng said this in an interview with Gold News at a Supreme Court hearing of the electoral petition brought by some leading members of the NPP challenging the outcome of the 2012 Presidential elections.

He advocated for the provisions in the constitution to be mandatory that once such a case is pending in court, the installation of the president must be delayed for a certain number of months.

Mr. Buaben Asamoah further expressed confidence that live coverage of the proceedings in court will achieve the desired effect noting that the proceedings will get interesting when evidences are produced by lawyers from both the petitioners and respondents.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has adjourned the substantive hearing of the electoral petition to tomorrow 17th April, 2013. This is to allow the Electoral Commission to file their evidence by affidavit.

The court has also stated that the EC’s affidavit will be served on the petitioner’s as soon as it is filed today.

The court also ordered at its sitting of 2nd April, 2013 that all evidence be filed by affidavit, before the commencement of the case today.

However Counsel for the EC says they were still within the five days given to them to file their affidavit because they received the petitioners’ affidavit on Thursday 11th April 2013.

But the petitioners objected to the commencement of the case when the EC failed to filed their answer on the respective affidavit.

Speaking to the media after the court proceedings, a member of the legal team of the petitioners, Gloria Akuffo, indicated that as at the time the proceedings began her outfit was served with only one affidavit from out of the 7000 affidavits of the respondent, President John Dramani Mahama.

She said this necessitated the adjournment of the case for all respondents to file their affidavits before end of Tuesday.

Spokesperson for the NDC and President Mahama’s legal team, Nana Ato Dadzie described the turnout of events as disappointing.

He further disclosed the petitioners’ intention to explain the figures that they alleged in the form of a power point presentation which the court ruled that the affidavits are supposed to expedite the trial hence each party must state their case in affidavits.

By: Sena Numbo/www.myradiogoldlive.com