The Supreme Court has announced a 42days period to pass judgement on any Petition brought before its juridiction after the 21days timeline to file a case to the Supreme Court challenging the December 2020 Polls.
Constitutionally, there are some primary procedures the Supreme Court needs to embark on after official filing of a petition through to hearing and arguments of cases until final judgement is passed.
Lawyer Samson Lardi Anyenini has in a statement outlined the roadmap of the Supreme Court’s 42days activities before final judgement.
According to him, the date for filing presidential election petition ends Wednesday, 30th December, 2020 thus; counting 21 days from 9th December declaration – Article 64 of Constitution.
Petition to be served on President-Elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission (EC) within 2 days, all things being equal, else to be served by publication in 2 national daily newspapers.
Per the Constitutional mandate, Preaident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission (EC) have 10 days to file Answer/Response (Defence) plus any preliminary legal objection with arguments.
All parties to be notified to appear before court within 48 hours, and they appear by 10th day for pre-trial conference where how case will be conducted is determined.
Meanwhile there will be no amendment of case to add unto or alter the grounds stated in petition, and no political party allowed to join the case.
According to reports, trial/hearing starts 15th day and ends 21st day, and judgment delivered on 42nd day, in March.
According to C.I 127 for the December 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, Live telecast of trial allowed.