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28th August 2013, 01:51 AM
A security analyst Emmanuel Habuka Bombande says for once, the media should invite experts in law and political reforms to lead the discussion in analyzing the Supreme Court verdict that is expected to have profound implications on elections in the country.

He recommended that using expert commentary will enrich the discussion and reduce the “venom” of inflammatory partisan commentary associated with serial callers. This should be the concerns of editors and producers on Thursday.

On that day, the Supreme Court will give a ruling on who actually won the December 2012 Presidential Elections – Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party or confirm National Democratic Congress’ John Mahama as the legitimately elected president.

The ruling has been touted as a game-changer on how elections are conducted and how politics is conducted in general. The whole legal battle heard at the Supreme Court for 47 days has also been severely doused with several calls for peace after the verdict is delivered. The National Media Commission(NMC) and Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) have even suggested that political commentary should not be allowed on that day.

A position Professor, Kwame Karikari, Executive Director of the Media Foundation West Africa disagrees with. He says such calls are a disservice to the nation because Ghanaians ought to thoroughly debate the outcome in order to learn from the experience and arrive at a “satisfying outcome”.

This he says this will move Ghana’s democracy forward. He says there is also nothing wrong with people celebrating the outcome as long as they are careful not to spite the loser.

Commenting on Professor Karikari’ position, Emmanuel Bomdande Executive Director and Co-Founder of West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) says he shares the call for the public to discuss the verdict but added there is a need for balance.

He said editors ought to moderate discussions in order to allow a rich discussion of the verdict to be led by expert knowledge and opinions.

“On Thursday you would want to create a balance, a sense of reasonableness in which the liberty of expression is unfettered but you would want to limit this to a rich discussion to replace the commentary of serial callers” he recommended.

He said if the media allows the airwaves to be overtaken by serial callers, very little lessons will be learnt to enhance democracy. But experts would provide a better appreciation of the epic Supreme Court ruling, he contrasted.