Election 2012 Petition: Hearing to be broadcast live

Supreme CourtThe Election Petition filed by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, a presidential candidate in the election, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, a vice presidential candidate in the election, and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey on December 28, 2012 challenging the declaration of John Dramani Mahama as winner of the 2012 Presidential Polls will be broadcast live.

The broadcast will take the form of a simulcast on Radio Ghana and Ghana Television.

The decision to broadcast hearing live was reached after a series of meeting held by court officials on Monday, April 15, 2013.

In a statement issued by Justice Alex Poku-Acheampong, the Judicial Secretary, on behalf of the Chief Justice, the decision was taken "in response to the increasing calls from the public for the proceedings of the Court to be broadcast live in view of the historic importance of this case."

The idea was first mooted by the Danquah Institute, a center-right policy think tank.

"We cherish the hope that this decision will deepen our country’s democracy and satisfy the greater public desire for accurate and up-to-date information on this historic and landmark case," the statement concluded.

The two major parties - New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic COngress (NDC) - had commented on the need for the petition to be telecast live.

While Yaw Buaben Asamoa, NPP's Deputy Communication Director, once said a live telecast will expose "sleeping lawyers" who had forged evidence in the court, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the NDC, once said a live telecast will expose the "lies" of the petitioners.

Hearing of the substantive petition begins Tuesday, April 16, 2013.


Source: tv3network.com|Ghana