From Left: EC Chairperson Jean Mensah, President Nana Akufo-Addo & former president John Dramani Mahama

John Mahama files petition at Supreme Court to challenge election 2020 presidential results

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Former President and flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has filed a petition at the Supreme Court of Ghana to challenge the results of the presidential elections held on December 7th, 2020, and as declared by the Electoral Commission of Ghana.

After days of protestations by sympathizers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) over alleged voter fraud and irregularities in the just-ended polls, lawyers of  Mr John Mahama today, Wednesday, December 30th, 2020, filed a petition at the apex Court to challenge the legitimacy of Nana Akufo-Addo as President-elect.

The petition, according to the lawyers, was filed following the party‘s audit of the 2020 Presidential results “and extensive consultations with the National Executive Committee and Council of Elders of the party”.

The lawyers of Mr John Mahama maintain that the Presidential results as declared by the Electoral Commission of Ghana led by its Chairperson, Madam Jean Mensa, is flawed and ‘doesn’t represent the will of the people.’

A statement released by the NDC today said the petition details “serious violations of the 1992 Constitution by the Electoral Commission and its Chairperson and Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa in the conduct of their constitutional and legal responsibility.”

The petition as filed by the lawyers seeks among others, a declaration from the Supreme Court to the effect that, “the purported declaration of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election on the 9th day of December 2020 is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”

The Electoral Commission of Ghana led by Madam Jean Mensa on Tuesday, December 9, 2020, declared the election results, stating the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by Nana Akufo-Addo polled 6,730, 413 (51.59%) of the total votes cast, whilst John Dramani Mahama garnered 6, 214, 889 (47.36%) of the total votes cast.

Meanwhile, the NDC has maintained that it will continue with all the employed legitimate actions over the past few days to drum home their demand that “the government of President Akufo-Addo has to enforce the rule of law and protect life and property in Ghana and, in particular, to take all necessary measures to bring to swift justice those responsible for the murders, injuries and destruction of property before, during and in the aftermath of the general elections.”

Source: George Awiadem Maclean | BieGyaNation.Com

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