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Kenya's Election Dispute Case Is Different From Ghana's- NDC Legal Team
Published On: April 03, 2013
Kenya's Election Dispute Case Is Different From Ghana's- NDC Legal Team
The NDC legal team in the 2012 election dispute has described as unfortunate, attempts to draw a comparison between the recent Supreme Court outcome on the election dispute in Kenya, to the Ghanaian situation.

Judges in the East African country spent less than two months to give a ruling on a similar presidential election dispute case.

In a recent ruling, Kenya's Supreme Court upheld Uhuru Kenyatta's presidential election victory, in the March 4, 2013 Presidential elections, rejecting several petitions challenging the vote.

The Presidential election results like Ghana’s situation was disputed by Kenyatta’s closest contender, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who official results say pulled 43.28%, as opposed to Kenyatta’s 50.07%.

Mr. Odinga had challenged the outcome in court on the grounds that it was flawed and marred by technical problems. Lawyers for Mr Odinga said their petition to the Supreme Court included allegations of vote manipulation, problems with the registration of voters and an electronic vote counting mechanism.

During the case, the Kenyan Supreme Court sat late into the night and on holidays, delivering a ruling in less than two months. The March 30 2013 ruling which upheld Kenyatta’s victory, declared the election free and fair”.

Odinga who said said his petition focused on valid failures in the election process, also said after the ruling, "The court has now spoken, "I wish the president-elect and his team well.

The Kenyan President elect will be sworn in April 9, making him the nation's fourth and youngest president.

It is this situation that has generated strong criticisms from a section of the public who say judges at Ghana’s Supreme Court have wasted too much time on the case challenging John Mahama’s legitimacy as president.

In a sharp rebuttal however, a leading member of the legal team, Nana Ato Dadzie says the two situations are entirely different.

"I think that it’s an unfortunate comparison because they are two different jurisdictions and constitutions. Kenya is coming from a very difficult situation…It is not and will not be the same as our democratic judicial system, slowly but surely proper justice will be done”, he emphasised.

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