New rule permits only John Mahama to petition the 2020 election- Kweku Baako Jnr
Celebrated Ghanaian journalist and editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako Jnr has acknowledged the great level of democracy exhibited by the former president and NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama.
The National Democratic Congress has decided to present their grievings in court against the presidential results declared by the Electoral Commission in the just ended 2020 general elections. The NDC asserted that the EC had rigged the election in favour of the NPP. They expressed their displeasure in a series of press conferences, stating that the NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, had clearly won the elections as per their calculations, and they would not watch with folded arms for the NPP’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo to assume the mantle of president, come January 2021.
This was followed by a string of protests by furious NDC supporters on popular streets throughout the nation.
In a post made on Facebook, Kweku Baako Jnr was sure to praise the former president for “opting to activate Article 64(1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana the same way then Candidate Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and the late Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, then the National Chairman of New Patriotic Party (NPP) did in the wake of the Declaration of the outcome of Election 2012!”
Kweku Baako indicated that, contrary to the event of the 2013 court hearing, the NDC shall not be allowed to join in the election petition this time. He added that per the new rules that had taken effect from January 5, 2017, only the NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, has the legal right to challenge the EC’s declaration of the 2020 presidential election.
“Interestingly, Rule 4 of C. I. 99 has introduced a new Rule 69BA which effectively prohibits joinder or intervener of a person not stated in the Presidential Election Petition as a petitioner or respondent.
What this means is that we shall not have a repetition of the 2013 situation where the NDC applied to join the action/litigation even though it wasn’t initially included in the list of respondents.” , he stated.