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Mornah condemns IEA's no Election Petition review proposal
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Nathan Gadugah          Published On: August 21, 2013, 16:19 GMT
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Mornah condemns IEA's no Election Petition review proposal

The General Secretary of the Peoples National Convention (PNC) has lashed out at the Institute of Economic Affairs, for daring to appeal to parties involved in the Presidential Election Petition not to seek review if the verdict goes against them.

Bernard Mornah says the appeal is completely out of place and an attempt to trample on the rights of the political parties involved in the case.

Speaking to Joy News, Mornah said the suggestion by the Institute is akin to a gun man who has released his finger on a trigger and is now chasing after the bullet to prevent it from hitting the target.

"Where was the IEA when the Petitioners went to court in the first place?" he asked, adding, the Institute must desist from "shedding crocodile tears."

He said if there is merit in the Petitioners proceeding to court, nothing should stop losers of the petition from seeking review, especially if they believe justice was not served in the substantive case.

Whilst he agrees in part, that there is the need to promote and ensure the larger national interest for peace, he said the rights of the parties to seek review cannot be compromised.

A lawyer, Robert Kingsley Yeboah also described as unfortunate the IEA proposal.

He told Joy News institutions must be allowed to work in the country.

He said at least for now people are beginning to know that if you go into an election and you are not satisfied with the results, where you go is the court not on the streets.

He said in that same spirit, parties must be allowed to seek review if they feel dissatisfied instead of being forced to accept the initial verdict.

But Ransford Gyampo who is also a member of the IEA is unhappy with the comments from Bernard Mornah.

He said the call for parties not to seek review is just to hasten the process of national reconciliation.

He is convinced, the ongoing election petition, the verdict of which will be announced next week Thursday, has deepened the already polarised country and fears a review may only prolong the polarization.

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