The Supreme Court of Ghana ruled today, 29 August, 2013, that the country's president was validly elected in presidential elections late last year, a highly anticipated judgment in what's been described as the biggest legal battle in Ghana's history.
After President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) won the December election with 50.70 percent of the votes, beating his main challenger Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who polled 47.7 percent of the votes, the opposition NPP challenged the results arguing that there were gross and widespread irregularities at more than 10,000 polling stations.
The judges unanimously dismissed their petition today, according to GhanaDecides, an initiative that works to better inform the electorate. The verdict raised mixed reactions within the Ghanaian online community.
GhanaDecides (@GhanaDecides) tweeted from the courtroom just few minute before the pronouncement:
The Supreme Court judges are seated, ready to pronounce #TheVerdict on #ElectionPetition. Apologies for delay, saying “not a light matter”
— Ghana Decides (@GhanaDecides) August 29, 2013
Laura Frempong (@Lauriedat) described the peaceful silence just before the pronouncement of the verdict:
Ghana is dead quiet #theverdict #electionpetition
— Laurie Frempong (@Lauriedat) August 29, 2013
Some Ghanaians cracked jokes to ease the tension, such as Kobbie (djkobbie):
Today, tweets will mainly be about #theverdict in the #gargantuan #electionpetition in #Ghana. Apologies, Normal Service will resume soon. — Kobbie (@djkobbie) August 29, 2013
Mahama himself (@JDMahama), who immediately prior to the elections had served as vice president, then president for four months when his predecessor died, commented on the verdict moments after it was handed down:
The Supreme Court has spoken and validated our Dec2012 victory. Let peace rein. This is a victory for Ghana's democracy. Long live #Ghana. — John Dramani Mahama (@JDMahama) August 29, 2013
Writer Jemila Abdulai (jabdulai) noted the brevity of the court's pronouncement:
I must admit that #TheVerdict pronouncement was a bit anticlimactic. Didn even realize it happened until moments later LOL. Ghana for peace! — Jemila Abdulai (@jabdulai) August 29, 2013
African and world literature blogger Kinna (@kinnareads) tweeted about the acceptance of the verdict by the opposition leader, Nana Addo Dankwa:
Nana Akufo Addo, after the reading, said he had accepted the verdict and everyone should do the same. #ElectionPetition #TheVerdict
— Kinna (@kinnareads) August 29, 2013
IamAKAKPO (@Devyphylx) ridiculed international media in his tweet:
On behalf of all Ghanaians, I apologise to BBC & CNN reporters waiting for us to fight after #theverdict. You dialled the wrong number. #233 — IamAKAKPO (@Devyphylx) August 29, 2013
Patrick Quantson (@PatrickQuantson) disagreed with the judgment of the court:
Sad day for #GH democracy. Always knew we were stuck with #Mahama but surely petition shd hv instigated electoral reforms. #ElectionPetition — Patrick Quantson (@PatrickQuantson) August 29, 2013
Blogger Claudia Andrews (@Claudieandrea) advised:
Now that the verdict on the #electionpetition has been given, we can now focus on more pressing issues.
— Claudia Andrews (@claudieandrea) August 29, 2013
Ekow (@ekowmaisse) advised the electoral commission to reform the system:
One thing was very clear from the #ElectionPetition and that is Ghana's electoral system need to change. There need to be electoral reforms.
— Ekow (@EkOwMaIsSe) August 29, 2013
Did it really had to come to this for the final decision to be accepted by all stake holders? What happened to free and fair elections and the acceptance by the losing party? It least now the people from Ghana can start the work they promised the people that went out there to vote and services delivery to be done. To think that it is almost a year since the elections were held is sad, but then at least it’s done now.
This reminds me of an article I have been reading about Leopold Donchield Zu Leone II and the views he has for West Africa to be politically stable and focus on economic development through the constitutional monarchy system. Leopold Donchield Zu Leone II argues that constitutional monarchy is an institution that is designed to play a supportive role to any democratically elected government. It is a system whereby these prolonged court battles are sorted out amicable by all parties without dragging each other to the courts of law.
(HSH) His Serene Highness Prince Leopold-Maximilian Donchield Zu Leone II- the German aristocratic ideology in West African context.
The genius ideas of HSH Prince Leopold-Maximilian Donchield Zu Leone II, who grew up as the adoptiveson of a German aristocrat, he is young, wealthy and ambitious. He is a financial genius who really understand how Africa best can achieve return on its investments. It is of immense value that someone like Leopold Donchield Zu Leone II has chosen to get involved with finance, development in Africa and in his native Sierra Leone, the value lies in that he has one foot on each continent. He can bring European values and transform those values to fit in African context as he has African origin. HSH Prince Leopold Donchield Zu Leone
II is the best of two worlds.
HSH Prince Leopold M Donchield Zu Leone II has a vision that the future of Africa and West Africa lies with the constitutional monarchy system and compares that with those other
monarchies like, the Netherlands, Qatar, UAE, Monaco, British etc. Leopold M Donchield
Zu Leone II argues that Africa has a lot of untapped markets like tourism and trade and hence the prospects of economic development are so high. Monarchs can deliver competitive advantages to businesses operating in their respective realms. Leopold M Donchield Zu Leone II argues that, it is good to be a king or a queen, but when it comes to a nation’s economic health, it’s also good to have a king or a queen on hand. This is because Monarchs open economic doors. With the presence of royalty, companies can enter circles they wouldn’t be able to get in by themselves.
i think the Justices did a lazy job for mother