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No declaration Wednesday in Kenya’s vote, commission says

Kenyans are waiting for the results of a close but calm presidential election in which the turnout was notably lower than usual, and the electoral commission indicated it would be at least Thursday before a winner is declared. Tuesday’s election was likely the final try by longtime opposition leader Raila Odinga, who on his fifth attempt was backed by former ...

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Supreme Court to rule on Gyakye Quayson’s case today

The Supreme Court will later today, Wednesday, rule on an application seeking to stop James Gyakye Quayson from working as the Member of Parliament for Assin North. Michael Ankomah-Nimfah, who brought the application to the Supreme Court told the Court that James Gyakye Quayson’s continuous stay in office despite a High Court Judgment annulling his election offended the constitution, and ...

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I’ll respect the two-term limit – Akufo-Addo assures

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has pledged to continue to respect the two-term presidential limit and abide by the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS) protocol on democracy and good governance. He insisted that good governance must exclude political manipulations to stay in power beyond given mandates. President Akufo-Addo who was speaking at the 2021 Kofi Annan Peace and Security ...

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Election Petition: Petitioners to subpoena Jean Mensa – Tsikata

Lawyer for the petitioner in the ongoing election petition, Tsatsu Tsikata, has announced that they will formally subpoena chairperson of the Electoral Commission in order to cross examine her.Tsikata made the disclosure after the Supreme Court this morning dismissed a motion seeking for the EC chairperson to mount the witness box after her lawyer moved to close their case earlier ...

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We cannot compel Jean Mensah to give evidence – Supreme Court judges hearing Mahama’s election petition

The Supreme Court has in a unanimous decision upheld the application by the 1st and 2nd Respondents not to call any witnesses in the ongoing election petition hearing. The decision by the apex court follows oral arguments made by the lawyers for the Electoral Commission and President Akufo-Addo that their clients cannot be compelled to testify. Citing Order 38, rule ...

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Election Petition: Supreme Court set down 5 issues for determination

The Supreme Court has outlined five key issues it will make a determination on, in the ongoing Presidential Election Petition brought before it by the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 Presidential Election, John Dramani Mahama. This was announced after parties to the case filed their memoranda of issues. The 2nd Respondent Akufo-Addo for instances filed 3 issues which ...

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Supreme Court dismisses Mahama’s 12 interrogatories for the EC

The Supreme Court has dismissed a motion by former President John Mahama seeking permission to elicit answers to some 12 interrogatories from the Electoral Commission. Among others, lawyers for the petitioner are asking the EC to answer if the National Communications Authority (NCA) played any role or facilitated in any way, the transmission of the election results to its headquarters. ...

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Poll results: Summon a meeting of Eminent Advisory Committee – Nana Ato Dadzie to Emile Short

A member of the Eminent Advisory Committee, Nana Ato Dadzie has asked the chair of the Committee, Justice Emile Short to summon a meeting immediately on the December 7 general elections and issues emerging from the polls. In an open letter to Justice Short, he said “The situation has been compounded by what appears to have been some weaknesses in ...

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Ivory Coast in dialogue with opposition to quell political unrest; lessons for Ghana?

The Ivory Coast’s government and representatives from the opposition have met for a National Dialogue to discuss ways to end the political unrest that has gripped the West African country for months. Discussions started on Monday in Abidjan and focused on the recommendations of the Economic Community of West African States, which called for reforming the country’s electoral commission before ...

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Full text: Minority MPs petition to Electoral Commission Chair

The Minority in Parliament on Tuesday broke police barricade at the Ridge Roundabout to submit a petition to the Electoral Commissioner Chair, Jean Mensa. The aggrieved legislators were involved in a scuffle with the police as they walked from Parliament House to the Electoral Commission head office. They MPs led by the Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu and the ...

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