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General News of Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Source: myjoyonline.com

Supreme Court grants NDC joinder application

The Supreme Court has granted by a 6 - 3 majority decision the joinder motion brought by the governing National Democratic Congress seeking to be joined to the election petition filed by the opposition New Patriotic Party.

The nine-member panel last week heard arguments from the lead counsel for the NDC, Mr Tsatsu Tsikata who insisted the governing party offered President John Mahama the platform to contest for the presidency and was thus an interested party whose interest would be injured if it was not allowed to join the petition as a respondent.

Counsel for the petitioners - Nana Akufo-Addo (Presidential candidate of the NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia (running mate to Akufo-Addo) and NPP Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey) who are challenging the declaration of President as winner of the December elections, opposed the motion.

Lead counsel, Phillip Addison told the court the NDC had no legal basis to be seeking to join the petition.

But the NDC's argument prevailed.

The Supreme Court, presided over by Justice William Atuguba granted the application, thus agreeing with Mr Tsikata.

This ruling paves the way for the substantive matter in which the petitioners are alleging fraud in last year's polls to be heard.

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