The Chief Justice, His Lordship Justice Anin Yeboah, has selected a team of seven Supreme Court judges to hear the election petition filed by John Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).They are the Chief Justice himself, Justice Anin Yeboah, His Lordship Justice Yaw Appau, His Lordship Justice Samuel K. Marful-Sau and His Lordship Justice Nene Abayaateye Ofoe Amegatcher. The rest are His Lordship Justice Prof. Nii Ashie Kotey, Her Ladyship Justice Mariama Owusu and Her Ladyship Justice Gertrude Torkornoo.
According to Article128 of Ghana’s constitution, the Supreme Court shall consist of the Chief Justice and not less than five other judges to judge the case.
The NDC is challenging the results of presidential and parliamentary elections, having accused the Electoral Commission (EC) of manipulating the polls in favor of the ruling party. This follows President Akufo-Addo’s successful re-election after gathering over six million votes in election that took place last December. The 76-year-old, who contested as the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) presidential candidate, won the election after polling 51.30% of the total votes cast. His main rival, Ex-President Mahama of the opposition NDC also managed to poll 47.36% of the total votes cast.
The NDC, meanwhile, has rejected the results of the parliamentary and presidential elections, describing it as “flawed”. Ex-President Mahama has already filed a petition at the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the results.
The Court has decided the case will be telecasted on live television.