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Update: Election Petition proceedings to be broadcast live
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Nathan Gadugah          Published On: April 15, 2013, 14:00 GMT
 
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Update: Election Petition proceedings to be broadcast live

There will be a live broadcast of the hearing of the presidential election petition in which the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flag bearer is seeking to overturn the declaration of President John Mahama as winner of the 2012 General elections.

A source at the Supreme Court confirmed this to Myjoyonline.com.

He said an official statement will be issued to that effect. The decision was taken after a marathon meeting by court officials.

The State Broadcaster, GTV, is expected to carry the hearing live.

The proposal for televised proceedings of the court case was initially put forward by the Danquah Institute with the petitioners who are seeking to overturn the declaration by the Electoral Commission also making a strong case for the proceedings to be telecast live on TV and on radio.

The petitioners argued the live telecast will deepen the transparency of the court sittings.

But the judges who considered the proposal as a good idea were reluctant in approving the televised hearing.

Nonetheless, the Court has reconsidered its earlier position.

A source at the Court told Myjoyonline.com the live broadcast of the proceedings of the election petition has been approved.

The following is an official statement

LIVE TELEVISION AND RADIO BROADCAST OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PETITION HEARING

The Hon. Lady Chief Justice, Mrs. Justice Georgina T. Wood, has directed that the proceedings of the Presidential Election Petition currently before the Supreme Court be broadcast live via television and radio.

This decision has been taken in response to the increasing calls from the public for the proceedings of the Court to be broadcast live in view of the historic importance of this case.

The Supreme Court will communicate guidelines for the live broadcast at its next sitting.

We expect that all media houses will cooperate and comply with the guidelines when they are announced.

We cherish the hope that this decision will deepen our country’s democracy and satisfy the greater public desire for accurate and up-to-date information on this historic and landmark case.

sgd………………
JUSTICE ALEX B. POKU-ACHEAMPONG
JUDICIAL SECRETARY


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