Ghana Supreme Court adjourns ahead of petition ruling

Lawyers leave Ghana's Supreme Court building in Accra during a break in hearings on the opposition New Patriotic Party's (NPP) petition against the election of President John Dramani Mahama last year. PHOTO | FILE 

After almost seven months of sittings, the Ghana Supreme Court that is hearing the 2012 presidential election petition adjourned Wednesday until July 31 to receive submissions from lawyers for the petitioners and respondents.

Presiding judge William Atuguba noted only that “we will then proceed from there and determine when to give our ruling.”

Political analysts predict the court's decision would be known in a month's time.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who was the candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), together with his running mate Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and NPP chairman Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, have petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the election results that declared President John Dramani Mahama winner.

The petitioners allege the election was fraught with fraud.

Jointly mentioned in the petition with President Mahama is the electoral commission and its chairman, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan.

Before the elections, Dr Afari-Gyan had told some of the political parties who claimed they had reservations about how the election was to be conducted to go to court to seek redress if they were not satisfied.

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