Serious pressure is mounting on the Supreme Court to broadcast live the Presidential election petition to the public as lawyers of former President John Mahama serve notice that they will be asking the apex court public view of the landmark petition.
There would not have been a need to press for a public proceeding in the court since a precedent was set in 2013 when the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) filed an election petition that year against the electoral win of the then-President John Dramani Mahama.
That petition was telecast live for the entire eight months to which it lasted. However, Whatsup News is gathering that the current Supreme Court to be empaneled by Chief Justice Anin Yeboah, are being pressured to have the petition off-camera.
A Motion on Notice filed today by lawyers of ex-President Mahama said the request will be made tomorrow, Thursday, January 14, 2021.
“Take notice that Counsel for and on behalf of Petitioner shall move the Honorable Court for an order directing live transmission of the whole of the proceedings in this petition upon the grounds contained in the accompanying affidavit, and for such, further or other orders as the Honorable Court may deem fit,” read the motion.
The court shall be moved tomorrow, Thursday, January 14. The notice was given under rule 69(c) 4(A of C.I.16.
President Mahama is in court contesting the declaration of President Akufo-Addo as the winner of the the2020 Presidential election by Electoral Commissioner, Jean Mensah. Mr. Mahama is seeking an annulment of the declaration on grounds that the numbers that the EC used as bases to declare the results have proven to be wrong as a calculation of the numbers show that neither Akufo-Addo nor Mr. Mahama got 50% plus 1 vote that is required to win the Presidential election.
John Mahama, on account of these facts, is asking for an annulment and the organization of a run-off between himself and Akufo-Addo.