General News of Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Source: XYZ

Mahama must subject to suit at Supreme Court - NPP

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP)says it believes President Mahama will subject himself to the impending court case against his declaration as President-elect by the Electoral Commission.

The party has cited the President and the Electoral Commission as respondents in a petition filed at the Supreme Court to challenge the 2012 election results.

It claims 1.3 million votes were fraudulently given to President Mahama to secure his re-election.

Some legal practitioners within the NPP and the ruling NDC have argued against the NPP’s decision to sue the president since the constitution protects him from such suits.

But the NPP has rejected such arguments and says it hopes the President will cooperate with the proceedings of the court and help deepen the democratic credentials of the country.

A member of the party’s communication team Eugene Boakye Antwi on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme on Wednesday stated that President Mahama must comply with the suit by the NPP.

But a co-panelist Kwesi Pratt Jnr said the reliefs sought by the NPP in the petition are untenable.

“Let us assume that by some circumstance the Supreme Court upholds what you (NPP) have put it (Supreme Court).

The Supreme Court has no right to declare results, what the Supreme has the right to do is to look at the application of the law and find out that has the Electoral Commission violated any law,” Kwesi Pratt said.