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Lawyer Martin Kpebu, a private legal practitioner has called for an amendment of the electoral laws to allow respondents in an election petition to be served electronically.
Speaking on the Keypoints monitored by Mynewsghana, Mr. Kpebu noted that serving the parties electronically will aid in adjudicating the matter within the stipulated time set out under the new rules for the justices of the Supreme Court.
A new directive was given to the justices of the supreme court in Ghana to hear any election dispute within 42 days from the day it was filed.
During the 2012 Supreme Court hearing, the whole process lasted for nine months.
Former President John Mahama filed a petition to the supreme court to contest the results of the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections. The opposition National Democratic Congress claim that the results announced by the Chairperson of the electoral commission, Madam jean Mensa, do not represent the sovereign will of Ghanaians.
According to the NDC, the election was rigged and the results were manipulated to favour the incumbent Akuffo-led NPP government.
Mr Kpebu said;
“If the parties and the court intend to insist on the time that have been allocated it will mean in practical terms we will go beyond 42 days . As we sit now since the president has not been served they can’t start. So it means that if it takes one week or seven days to serve the president, it means you have 42 + 7. If the judges want to give us 42 days then they may have to give up part of their time,
“Moving forward the next time we are going to have an election, there should be a column where we will say that the candidates should provide their email address for service in the event of an election petition so that electronically you can be served. I can’t imagine trying to get security clearance to go and serve him. It is ridiculous.”
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