General News of Wed, 31 Jul 2013143
NDC fails to meet address deadline
The third respondent in the election petition case, the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), has failed to meet the Tuesday July 30 deadline given by the Supreme Court for the parties in the election petition to file their addresses.
The NDC’s team of lawyers got to the Supreme Court late after the registrar had left and so could not file the address.
A member of the NDC’s legal team, Kojogah Adawudu told XYZ News Tuesday night that: “I don’t think they can file tonight”, adding that: “Its likely they’ll file tomorrow”.
The petitioners were the first to file their addresses on Tuesday followed by the legal teams of the president and the Electoral Commission.
Another NDC legal team member, Abraham Amaliba also told Radio XYZ’s news magazine programme ‘strict proof’ on Tuesday evening that vehicular traffic may have been the cause of the party’s delay in filing its address with the Court on the deadline.
The Supreme Court resumes on Wednesday to receive the addresses filed by the two sides and to also set a date for the delivery of judgment.
The nine-member Bench led by Justice William Atuguba is likely to deliver judgment within a month after receipt of the addresses from both sides.
Nana Akufo-Addo, his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the party’s national Chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey went to the Court to challenge the results on grounds that the 2012 general elections were fraught with irregularities.
The respondents in the case are President John Mahama, the Electoral Commission and the governing National Democratic Congress.