30.08.2013 NDC News

Supreme Court's declaration is victory for democracy -NDC

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Accra, Aug 30, GNA - The National Democratic Congress, (NDC) said the victory the party has achieved at the Supreme Court was victory for democracy.

It, therefore, urged all Ghanaians irrespective of their political, religious, social and economic background to celebrate 'this collective achievement with a common sense of purpose, and look into the future with justifiable sense of pride'.

A statement signed by Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, General Secretary of NDC, copied to the GNA, noted that the victory was neither an NDC victory nor the New Patriotic Party's defeat but 'it is a Ghanaian success'.

 The statement noted that although the leadership and members of the NDC never doubted the victory of President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC in the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, it was refreshing that after listening to arguments from all parties to the case, and examining all the evidence presented, the nine Justices of the Supreme also arrived at the inevitable conclusion that the NDC won the 2012 general elections.

It said: 'The Supreme Court's verdict is but only a validation of what we already knew and strongly believed as the true outcome of the last elections, and reflection of the will of the people.

'In the last eight months, we have collectively demonstrated a resolve to internalise and abide by our democratic principles, and resolved to solve all our differences through the process we have designed for ourselves as part of our constitutional democracy'.

The NDC said there was an end to litigation and that it was its hope and prayer that following the Supreme Court's ruling Ghanaians would relax and the country would move on peacefully.

The party commended the judiciary, especially the Justices, the media, civil society, religious bodies, the other political parties and the generality of Ghanaians for their patience, and high sense of democratic maturity during the rather long hearing of the petition.

The statement also acknowledged the work of the Electoral Commission (EC) which has since 1992 earned an enviable reputation for fairness and integrity.

'This is the time for the EC to renew its commitment to perform even better in future elections in much the same way that they have reviewed and improved upon their performance after every election held since 1992,' the NDC said.

Concerning the Supreme Court's judgement, the NDC appealed to everybody to support President Mahama's Government to deliver the 'Better Ghana Agenda''.

The statement explained that with the party's victory validated by the ruling of the justices of the highest court of the land, it expected celebrations across the country and invited every Ghanaian who delights in the principles of rule of law to join in the festivities.

The NDC, however, cautioned its supporters to exercise moderation in their jubilation.


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