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General News Sat, 31 Aug 2013

Election Petition has been 8 months of legal education - Karbo

After eight months of legal battle following a petition filed by three leading members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), against the declaration of John Dramani Mahama as President by the Electoral Commission (EC), some have strongly opined that the petition was a ‘waste’ of time and a drawback to the nation’s development.

But former National Youth Organizer of the NPP, Anthony Karbo, has rubbished such assertions and describes the eight month long legal battle as an ‘Electoral Education’ to all Ghanaians.

According to him, the party leadership is pleased irrespective of the outcome of the verdict which did not favour them.

“All those saying its eight months wasted…that can’t be true; it cannot be eight months wasted. It is eight months of legal education…eight months of major reforms…eight months of auditing the electoral commission of its inefficiency that has existed….over the last two decades.

“…if anyone says it's eight months of wasted time, I (Karbo) will debate anyone on that at any time,” he told Asempa FM.

He. however, noted that, the party leadership will re-strategize in order to ensure they are voted back into power at the next polls (2016).

Anthony Karbo’s comment comes after the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the Election Petition initiated by the 2012 NPP flagbearer (Nana Addo) and two others (Dr. Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey) challenging the legitimacy of President John Mahama.

By a majority decision, the justices of the Supreme Court ruled that Mr. John Dramani Mahama was validly elected in the 2012 elections.

Source: peacefmonline