General News of Saturday, 12 January 2013

Source: myjoyonline

Prez Mahama files response to NPP petition

The legal team of President John Mahama have successfully filed his response to the NPP petition to the Supreme Court challenging the results of the 2012 presidential election.

The president’s response was filed Saturday afternoon clearing the way for the court to look into the NPP’s petition.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, his running mate, and Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, the National Chairman of the NPP, filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the declaration of President John Dramani Mahama as winner of the December 2012 presidential election.

President John Mahama and the Electoral Commission were joined in the petition as the first and second respondents respectively.

The Electoral Commission has already filed its response.

Withe president also filing his response, the Chief Justice is expected to empanel five justices to sit on the matter soon.

Member of the NDC legal team, Abraham Amaliba confirmed the president’s response to Joy News saying, “The answer to the petitioner’s petition has been filed by the President.”

He however did not give details of what the petition contained but said the filing means that, “the way is becoming clear for the real petition to be looked into…The way is becoming clear and clearer for the Supreme Court to commence the hearing of the petition but before then, we would have to consider the motion for joinder.”