General News of Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Source: myjoyonline

Election petition case could drag for nine years if…

The ongoing presidential election petition could drag on for nine years if the first respondent, President John Mahama goes ahead with his plans to line up 4,800 witnesses.

In his answer to the election petition by Nana Akufo Addo and two others, the President rubbished all claims of vote rigging and irregularities as he made a firm indication of his intention to call about 4,800 witnesses to prove the petition is without merit and ought to be dismissed by the court.

It is speculated that if the NDC is successful with its joinder application, it will also call even more witnesses in addition.

A little arithmetic done by Joy News indicates that, at least, 10 witnesses would have to be cross examined in a week.

This is likely to drag for nine years.

According to some legal practitioners it will be practically difficult to cross examine 10 witnesses in a week.

But a member of the NDC legal team Victor Kojogah Adawudu said it is left for the Supreme Court to draw the modalities.

He said it is within the right of the first respondent [President John Mahama] to line up witnesses he be believes will tell his story accurately.