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The Supreme Court Takes The First Bold Step Towards Justice

On 2nd April 2013, the Supreme Court resumed sitting on the Presidential Election Petition to give directions on how the case should proceed. Firstly, the Court narrowed the issues filed by the parties to two issues: (1) whether or not there were violations, irregularities, omissions and malpractices in the December 2012 presidential elections; and (2) whether or not those violations, irregularities, omissions and malpractices affected the outcome of the December 2012 presidential elections.

The narrowing of the parties’ issues in the presidential election petition is generally in line with the jurisprudence on election petitions, which make it clear that where there has been noncompliance with constitutional provisions and the law, and such noncompliance affect the outcome of the elections, the results of the said elections ought to be set aside. The Petitioners therefore bear the burden of proof to show that the Electoral Commission did not comply with the law resulting in irregularities and malpractices and that the Electoral Commission’s noncompliance with the law affected the outcome of the December 2012 presidential elections.  Continue reading


2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 36,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals

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The Social Import of “E Dey Be Ke Ke”

One has no choice but to admit that the appropriation of MTN’s catchy marketing slogan “e dey be ke ke“, whether legally or illegally, by the NDC, went a long way in securing their alleged victory in the 2012 polls. Yes, the slogan caught on quickly and soon enough, songs were made with lyrics to that effect. It is interesting to note however that now that the NDC have ascended the throne with only 50.7% of the total valid votes cast, the “e dey be ke ke” will have certain implications, particularly, social implications, which is what this short blog post seeks to address.

The following is a true story. An elderly man walks into a clinic in Accra and approaches the nurse on duty (who is a friend’s wife) with a prescription. The nurse informs the elderly man of the cost of the drugs stated on the prescription. The elderly man asks “isn’t this covered by NHIS?” The nurse politely replies “e dey be ke ke“. Continue reading

Save Ghana’s Soul

This was the highest turnout election in our history, and never before have the stakes been so high.

The Ghanaian people recognized that and came out to change their future, and register their frustrations.

Every single vote must be counted and allocated correctly – so that the leaders of the country and their agenda reflects the true will of the people, not a manipulated and distorted one.

It is a pity the EC announced results before waiting to examine the evidence we have now compiled (chair now gone off on retirement). Continue reading

The Supreme Court Must Cement Ghana’s Democratic Credentials by S. Kwaku Asare

If, as expected, Nana Addo Dankwa, petitions the Supreme Court to challenge the validity of the “election” of John Mahama, as the 4th President of the 4th Republic, the Court will face a momentous question: whether to invalidate Presidential results declared by the Electoral Commissioner (EC)?

For starters, it needs to be emphasized that such a challenge is neither subversive of the Constitution nor alien to democratic countries. As I have discussed elsewhere, election disputes are inevitable by-products of elections and are commonplace, even in the more matured democracies. Most will recall the 2000 Bush v. Gore dispute as to who won the state of Florida and, hence, the USA Presidency (see this link for a discussion of some of the problems our courts have faced in resolving election disputes http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/features/artikel.php?ID=35588).

The 1992 Constitution anticipates such disputes and makes sufficient provisions for their resolution. Specifically, Article 64 provides that a citizen of Ghana may challenge the validity of the election of the President, provided that such a challenge is mounted within twenty-one (21) days after the EC declares the result. More important, the Constitution is emphatic that the Supreme Court has the power to invalidate the EC’s declaration. Continue reading

Political parties condemn Citi FM siege by ‘Ayariga thugs’ | Daily Guide Newspaper

Following the siege of Citi FM‘s offices by several muscled men on Saturday November 24th in an attempt to “deal with” lawyer Egbert Faibille, several political parties have voiced their objection to the act.

According to the parties, the action was wrong and should be condemned.

The Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jake Obetsebi Lamptey told Citi News that Hassan Ayariga’s actions were indicative of his double standards on issues of peace.

“It should be expounded of the hypocrisy of Mr. Hassan Ayariga in that he should be the one who is loudest in advocating peace.” Continue reading

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