Reports sighted by Dehotpress media indicate that the Editor in Chief, Kenneth Kwabena Agyei Kuranchie of a news portal called the Daily Searchlight has filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC), John Dramani Mahama from contesting the 2024 presidential election.
According to Mr. Kuranchie, based on a “proper” Interpretation of Article 66 (1) of the 1992 constitution, which pronounces a four-year maximum span for a person to rule as president, Mr. Mahama should be stopped from contesting, since he has exhausted the duration.
“A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Article 66 (1) and (2) of the 1992 Constitution, a person seeking a second presidential term must be a sitting president.
“A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Article 62 of the 1992 Constitution, a former President of Ghana is not qualified to seek election as President of Ghana,” the suit indicated.
Mr. Kuranchie is also requesting that the supreme court compels the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin to effect Article 68 (2) of the 1992 constitution, while also seeking that the court direct the former president to fully disclose to parliament the terms on which he seeks to contest as the flagbearer of the NDC.
Read the suit here;
The former president is seeking to regain power after facing defeat in the 2016 election as a sitting president and loss again in the 2020 polls, both against President Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Mahama who was the Vice President had to take over following the sudden death of late President Professor John Evans Atta-Mills after a short illness in 2012, close to the next election.
The late President Atta Mills was sworn in on July 7, 2009.
The then sitting president Mahama, having taken over Prof. Mills won the 2012 election and assumed a full four-year presidency term. He lost to Current President Akufo-Addo in 2016 and in 2020.
After a combined 8 years in opposition, the NDC seeks to regain power with Mr. Mahama, as they believe he is their strongest man to bring them victory.