GHANAIAN RESIDENTS IN THE UK PETITION FOR EXPEDITIOUS PROCESS ON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CHALLENGE AT THE SUPREME COURT OF GHANA


CONCERNED GHANAIANS AGAINST ELECTORAL FRAUD (COGEF) UK

12th April, 2013.

THE HIGH COMMISSIONER

GHANA HIGH COMMISSION

13 BELGRAVE SQUARE

LONDON SW1X 8PS

 

Dear Sir,

GHANAIAN RESIDENTS IN THE UK PETITION FOR EXPEDITIOUS PROCESS ON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CHALLENGE AT THE SUPREME COURT OF GHANA

Preamble:
We the Ghanaian community in United Kingdom are hereby petitioning your good office to bring to bear your influence on the relevant stakeholders in Ghana, especially the Supreme Court and the government, in relation to December 2012 election dispute petition under consideration at the Supreme Court. The petition has been subjected to numerous deliberate delays by the three respondents, the Electoral Commission, Mr John Dramani Mahama (President declared) and the NDC party, making our Superior Court of Judicature looks tottering and causing undue political tension in the country.

Although a date for the commencement of the substantive trail has now been set for 16th April 2013, the delays in court leading up to this latest stage gives us real cause for concern. It is our fear that the Supreme Court may further entertain deliberate delay tactics from all or any of the Respondents when the case commences in a cynical bid to deny the ultimate winner of the case, Nana Akufo Addo, his just deserts in a timely order. This fear is shared with our fellow party followers in Ghana. This situation, coupled with the current dire socio-economic conditions in Ghana where citizens are going without very basic necessities like water, gas and electricity, is causing unhealthy tension in the country. Consequently, we Ghanaians in the UK are becoming increasingly concerned about the possible direction of the country if nothing is done to arrest things.

The petition at the Supreme Court clearly suggests that fraudulent votes were added to advantage Mr John Dramani Mahama who was declared the winner by the Chairman of the Ghana Electoral Commission, despite the fact that the Commission’s attention was drawn to the fraud and other electoral malpractices that had taken place even before half of the results were declared, prompted by some political parties in Ghana.

It is a known fact that transfer of power in Africa has most often been of critical issue. Recently, several countries have imploded and descended into chaos and violence when their leaders refused to step down or accept electoral defeat; these include Ghana’s neighbour, the Ivory Coast, and other countries like Kenya, Egypt, Zimbabwe, and Libya. Some other countries have decidedly refused even to hold elections.

Electoral fraud is a subversion of our country’s constitution and every constitution for that matter, and often times lead to civil unrest where disaffected and cheated electorates take the law into their own hands, culminating into mayhem, destruction of property, bloodshed, and loss of lives.

The international community, generally, accepted Ghana’s 2012 Presidential elections as “free and fair” and Mr John Mahama, the declared winner, was duly sworn in on 7th January 2013, without any violent protests despite reported rigging of the elections. However, the Leader of the biggest opposition party in Ghana the New Patriotic Party [NPP], under its presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, its vice presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, and Mr. Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, the Party’s National Chairman, have petitioned the Supreme Court of Ghana , challenging the presidential results (the first of its kind in the history of Ghana).

To back the stance of the Leading Opposition party’s leadership, and adding credibility to the petition, the leader of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom who came third in the Presidential elections, is on record to have said, “I have been involved in elections since 1992 and this is the worst in terms of credibility”.

The NPP also contends that on the evidence presented, its presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, will be declared the rightful winner of the presidential elections, if the Supreme Court is truly guided by the evidence alone and not under any undue influence from the declared president and his cronies. It is the submission of the Petitioners that upon a totality of the evidence presented, a significant number of votes should be annulled on the grounds that they were illegal and or invalid, and or tended to disproportionally favour the declared president. The petition is based on the following grounds:

ü  Over voting at some polling stations

ü  Voting without biometric verification

ü  Falsification of polling stations results by the Electoral Commission officials

ü  Using of duplicate sets of polling stations results declaration forms that have same serial numbers as the actual polling stations but different results declaration forms.

ü  Declaration forms not signed, as required by law, by the presiding officer or his/ her assistant

ü  Same polling station code but different sheets different results

ü  28 locations where voting took place not on the list 0f 26,002 polling stations officially created for the elections.

ü  Various combinations of above listed

ü  Unsubstantiated votes amounting to 241,000 purportedly representing Ghanaians registered abroad. Despite the Supreme Court’s order to justify this, the Electoral Commission has failed to do so.

PETITION TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

We, Ghanaians resident in the UK petition the International Community to support the work of the Supreme Court of Ghana by the following actions:

  • Send representatives and observers to observe the process before the Supreme Court and encourage the demonstration of the independence of the judiciary and an expeditious resolution of the petition before it.
  • Support the process that would bring about an outcome that produces justice and ultimately lasting peace and stability, not necessarily the status quo which may have weak foundation.
  • Support the path taken by Opposition leaders, through use of your considerable diplomatic relations and leverage to impact government’s actions in leaving the judiciary unhampered. After all the resort to legal redress by these parties has ensured lasting peace for Ghana and ought to be encouraged.

PETITION TO THE SUPREME COURT OF GHANA

We, Ghanaians in the UK, having observed the 2012 elections and the post-election evidence gathering and the court deliberations, hereby present petition to the Supreme Court of Ghana to consider and take the following into serious consideration:

  • The Supreme Court must act with speed and urgency in this matter. As the saying goes – Justice delayed is Justice denied!
  • The Supreme Court is an institution of relevance and august importance and should so assert itself
  • The expectation of the Ghanaian people is that the Supreme Court will act in an honest and independent manner to apply the law to the facts and evidence before it without fear or favour in arriving a resolution to the petition presented
  • Indeed the Supreme Court holds the keys to continued peace in the country and should so ensure by allowing its application of justice in this petition to be seen to have be done.

PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT AND PARTIES IN GHANA                               

We Ghanaians in the UK, petition the government in transition in Ghana:

  • To cease and desist from all acts of intimidation, threats and violence against citizens of Ghana.
  • To cease from unnecessary and unjustified delay tactics in the case before the Supreme Court.
  • To ensure Ghana’s respectable reputation in the international community as a peaceful and democratic country is not jeopardised through the interference with the independence and smooth running of the Supreme Court.

PETITION TO GHANAIANS

We Ghanaians in the UK, ask the Ghanaian community:

  • To exercise patience, care and caution as the legal process goes through its normal course before the Ghana Supreme Court.
  • To be vigilant in order to protect and safeguard the budding democracy, rule of law and the Republic of Ghana.

Therefore, we Ghanaians here in the UK are seeking your indulgence to use your respectable offices to help save Ghana from tipping over into civil strife and systematic perpetual electoral fraud. It’s time to stop corruption with impunity and strongman rule in Africa; it’s time to stop vote manipulations, rigging of elections and backdoor dictatorship in Ghana and in Africa. Your significant economic and bilateral relations with Ghana can be leveraged to achieve this beneficial outcome and we respectfully ask you to act, expeditiously. Thank you.

Recipients

v No. 10 Downing Street, (Office of UK Prime Minister)

v Foreign and Commonwealth Office

v Dept. for International Development (DFID)

v House of Commons (Select Committee on Africa)

v Ghana High Commission – UK

v EU Representative in UK

v Media Houses

 

Signed on behalf of Ghanaian Residents in UK:

Email: concernedghanaiansuk.cogef@gmail.com

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