General News of Thursday, 13 December 2012

Source: Daily Graphic

We will respect Supreme Court Verdict - NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said it will respect the verdict of the Supreme Court regarding the case it intends to file challenging the outcome of the December 7 elections, no matter the outcome.

According to the party, although it had enough evidence to prove that the results were tampered with by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and was of the firm belief at the court would rule in its favour, it would accept the verdict if the eminent judges thought otherwise.

At a rally addressed by regional party bigwigs at the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra Wednesday, a Deputy National Co-ordinator of the New Patriotic Volunteers, a new wing of the party, Kwabena Dwomoh, said the NDC, in collaboration with the Electoral Commission (EC), stole the mandate of the people and that the party, from Friday, would adduce enough evidence before the Supreme Court to prove its case.

The rally was attended by hundreds of party supporters clad in party T-shirts and other paraphernalia.

It was addressed by more than 15 regional executives and newly elected Members of Parliament of the party from the Greater Accra Region.

The EC, on December 9, declared President John Mahama winner of the polls. He polled 5,574,761 votes, representing 50.70 per cent of the valid votes cast, to beat his closest challenger, Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP, who obtained 5,248,898 votes, representing 47.74 per cent.

Since the declaration of the results, the NPP has insisted that the polls were rigged in favour of President Mahama and as a result asked its flag bearer not to concede defeat.

Commenting on what he termed a raid by the police at a house near the Burkina Faso Embassy in Accra where NPP faithful were putting together evidence of irregularities, he said it only intimidated the members of the party but would not deter them.

He said members would gather at the party's headquarters today at 8 a.m. to march to Nana Akufo-Addo's house to show solidarity with him. He therefore advised party members to endeavour to be present.