The case brought by Kenneth Kwabena Agyei Kuranchie, the editor of the Daily Searchlight newspaper, against former President John Dramani Mahama about the latter’s ability to run for president has been dismissed by the Supreme Court of Ghana.
Ken Kuranchie must go find a master and have his legal craft under his belt, the court said.
Recall that in June 2023, the editor of the Daily Searchlight newspaper launched a lawsuit against the outgoing president, arguing that he was not eligible to run for office again.
He asked the court in his writ to proclaim the genuine and correct interpretation of Article 66 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, which specifies the duration of a presidential term in explicit terms to be four years.
He said that a former president of Ghana would not be eligible to run for office again under the proclamation and correct reading of Article 62 of the 1992 Constitution.
Thus, he requested that the court issue an order barring John Manama from pursuing his presidential aspirations.
He said in the application filed on September 25, 2023, before the nation’s top court, that John Mahama had asked the court to strike Kuranchie’s June 12, 2023, writ of summons on the grounds of technicalities.
On Tuesday, November 14, 2023, the Supreme Court, however, dismissed the lawsuit and ruled that John Dramani Mahama, the former president, was eligible to run in the general elections of 2024.
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