The idea that political parties should face consequences for their election petition failures has been rejected by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, a former Electoral Commission (EC) chairman, said on Monday that politicians or political parties that lose election petitions face harsh penalties.
In a speech at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) Law School and the One Ghana Movement’s Constitutional Day Public Lecture, Dr. Afari-Gyan said these punishments might discourage individuals from swarming the courts with election lawsuits.
“It seems that certain candidates rush to court with petitions claiming results manipulation, mainly to appease their backers and funders so they may run for office again in the next elections,”
The NPP’s Evans Nimako, Director of Elections and Research, declared that Dr. Gyan’s plan was without substance.
“After adjudication, the judiciary is mandated and empowered to award costs in any manner. Therefore, I find it difficult to appreciate Dr. Afari Gyan’s suggestion.
Are we suggesting this is an attempt to dissuade individuals from seeking redress? Additionally, just because you file a lawsuit does not guarantee success,” he argued.