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Vol 54 No 15

Published 19th July 2013


Ghana

The vote on trial

The Supreme Court’s hearings on last year’s polls have changed Ghana’s politics for good. Now the fractious parties face their own demons

After 43 days in session and an avalanche of technical delays, the 2012 election petition hearings are crawling towards a climax. A ruling is likely within a month. The leadership of the main opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), is asking a panel of the Supreme Court, presided over by Justice William A. Atuguba, to annul 4.6 million votes cast in last December’s presidential poll, when John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was declared winner with 50.7% of the vote.

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