The Supreme Court has thrown out a plea by the Electoral Commission (EC) to vary the Court’s orders in a petition challenging the legitimacy of President Mahama.
The EC, through a motion on notice filed by solicitors, Lynes Quashie-Idun and Co, pleaded the court to vary its April 2, 2013 order which directed respondents in the petition to file their written affidavits within five days from the service of the petitioners’ affidavits on them.
The EC prayed the court to review its order by directing it to file its written response “within five days from the close of the petitioners’ case”.
The hearing of the substantive case begins on April 16. However, the Court unanimously threw out the case on Wednesday April 10, 2013.
One of the Supreme Court judges sitting on the ongoing Election Petition case has questioned the whereabouts of the Chairman of the Electoral Commission Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan.
Justice Dotse found it intriguing that the Electoral Commission chair who is the Returning Officer for the 2012 disputed Election has not stepped foot at the court ever since proceedings started.
Afari Djan responds to Judge Dotse:
Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan says he will honour any invitation by the Justices of the Supreme Court if invited.
He described as frivolous claims that he has gone into hiding to avoid any humiliation in court in the ongoing Election Petition before the Supreme Court.
Dr. Afari-Gyan’s comment is in reaction to a query by Justice Dotse, one the Judges sitting on the Election Petition of his whereabouts .
But in an interview with Adom news reporter Yaa Asantewaa, Dr. Afari-Gyan said he will be in court when the substantive case begins.
He noted that as the Returning Officer for the 2012 election he has nothing to hide and is ever ready to go to court if needed.
The EC boss said he is always in his office working and therefore found it strange speculations in the media that he has travelled abroad.