General News of Monday, 7 January 2013

Source: myjoyonline

Boycott will not affect consensus building in Parliament-Akomea

The New Patriotic Party has rebuffed suggestions its boycott of President John Mahama’s investiture will affect consensus building.

Director of Communications of the party, Nana Akomea told Joy News the boycott was based on principle and will not in any way affect consensus building in Parliament.

The party is contesting the results of the 2012 elections based on which the Electoral Commission chairman Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan declared the incumbent President John Mahama as winner of the polls.

It has proceeded to the Supreme Court with the claims that over 1.3 million votes were illegally counted.

Based on the legal action, the party decided to abstain from the inauguration ceremony of President John Mahama.

The NPP has been heavily criticized, especially by the ruling party, with some members accusing the NPP of deliberately calling the legitimacy of the president into question.

Others also claimed the decision by the NPP not to attend the ceremony was to spite the president in the eyes of the international Community.

But speaking to Joy News’ Araba Koomson shortly after the investiture, Nana Akomea maintained their decision was purely based on principles and not to spite the president.

He said it did not matter who attended the ceremony, the NPP simply could not have compromised on its principled position.

Nana Akomea said the party is feverishly looking forward to the Supreme Court to begin sitting on the matter.

He said over 1.3 million votes were illegally counted and the party has provided enough evidence and arithmetic at the law court.