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Supreme Court dismisses joinder application of 327 NDC supporters
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com          Published On: March 14, 2013, 13:16 GMT
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Supreme Court dismisses joinder application of 327 NDC supporters

L-R: Former Finance Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo; Former Mayor of Accra, Nii Adjiri Blankson; member of the NPP legal team, Gloria Akufo; and Prof. Ken Attafuah

The Supreme Court has dismissed the joinder application brought by 327 supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the ongoing Presidential Election Petition.

The Court ruled that the applicants were not needed in the case.

The ruling followed preliminary arguments in Court Thursday morning in which lawyer for the applicants Komla Senanu asserted that his clients were citizens and interested parties in the case.

Joy News' Anny Osabutey reported the lawyer as saying that his clients could be affected by the outcome of the case for which reason they had to be joined.

The applicants came from some 11,000 polling stations where the petitioners- Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey - are alleging that widespread irregularities were recorded in the 2012 General elections.

But Lawyers for the petitioners argued the over 300 joinder applicants only wanted to delay the hearing of the case which challenging the declaration of President Mahama as winner of the 2012 presidential election.

Lead lawyer Philip Addison argued the court will open the flood gates for needless joinder applications if it granted that of the applicants.

He said it would amount to making a mockery of the judicial process if the court allowed the applicants to join.

The judges of the Supreme Court agreed with the argument of the petitioners and dismissed the application.

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