Supreme Court grants request to telecast election petition proceedings live on TV

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The Supreme Court has granted a request by the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama to have the election petition broadcast live on national television.

According to the Apex Court, it decided to grant the request on its own without any argument after lawyers of John Mahama demanded for it.

The lawyers of the NDC in requesting for the approval said telecasting the proceedings live will be in the interest of fairness.

They added that the move will not deviate from the norm since the same thing was done in 2012 when the then New Patriotic Party Candidate Nana Akufo-Addo petitioned the court.
Earlier, Mahama filed an application seeking permission from the court to amend mistakes in his petition.

Background
The presidential candidate of the NDC, Mahama is in the Supreme Court to challenge the Electoral Commission’s declaration of Nana Akufo-Addo as the winner of the 2020 presidential elections.

Mr. Mahama is praying the court to order the EC to conduct a rerun of the elections since according to him, no candidate secured the 50 percent plus 1 as required by the constitution.

According to the court’s own regulations, the proceedings will last for a period of 42 days.

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