Election petition helped secure victory for NPP in 2016 elections- President

By Clement Edward Kumsah
President of Ghana Nana Akufo Addo and Former Chief Justice Georgina Wood

The President has said the live broadcast and outcome of the 2012 election petition significantly contributed to the victory of the NPP in 2016 election.

Nana Akufo-Addo believes the live broadcast helped to uncover most of the loopholes in the country’s electoral system and also raised awareness about the need for greater vigilance amongst supporters and well-wishers of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Speaking at a State dinner in honour of the retired Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood at the Banquet Hall, State House in Accra, the Commander in Chief acknowledged that the diligent manner in which the Supreme Court handled the proceedings  of the petition, was an important milestone in the country’s political evolution.

He said it exposed the vagaries of the electoral system and compelled greater vigilance on the part of NPP activist, undoubtedly propelling the party to victory.

"So madam you can see my presence here as the President of the Republic is an unintended consequence of your decision and I have every reason to be grateful to you,” The President added.

Nana Akufo-Addo continued that it is very important for the country to recognize and acknowledge Justice Theodora Wood's exceptional service to the nation, most especially for the reforms she introduced into the delivery of justice in the country.

She was the first female and longest serving Chief Justice of Ghana and has since her retirement, taken up a position as member of the Council of State.