September 22, 2021
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MAHAMA PETITION STRANGE, DISMISS IT – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) has urged the Supreme Court to dismiss the “strange” petition filed by former President John Dramani to challenge the declaration of the December 7, 2020 Presidential Election, which it said President Akufo-Addo won.

The EC is insisting in its closing address that Mr. Mahama’s petition has not disclosed any relevant evidence for his claim that no candidate obtained more than 50% of the total valid votes cast.

According to the EC, it is rather unfortunate that an “innocuous error” made by its Chairperson Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, in the declaration of the result on December 9, 2020, was the basis for the former President to mount a challenge of the election results.

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“It is unfortunate that an innocuous error made by the chairperson of the first respondent in the declaration of the results on December 9, 2020, which has no bearing on the outcome of the election results has triggered this petition.

“My Lords, this case has been a strange one. The petitioner has led no evidence whatsoever to challenge the election results and for that matter the declaration made by the first respondent on December 9, 2020. At some point, litigation must come to an end. That point had been reached. The first respondent prays for a dismissal of the petition,” the EC through its lawyer, Justin Amenuvor, urged in the address to the court.

The EC’s counsel insisted, “CI 127 introduced the Regional Collation Centres which provide an avenue for the involvement and participation of Candidates’ Agents in the collation of the Presidential Election Results at the Regional Collation Centres. This is a departure from the past where 275 constituency collation results were faxed directly to the Returning Officer at the National Collation Centre. Today the Returning Officer receives at the NCC [National Collation Centre aka Strong Room] only 16 Regional Results comprising all the constituencies in each Region. This is a major improvement and tidier and more efficient results collation process.”

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The former President wants the court to declare that the result of the 2020 Presidential Election announced by the Chairperson of the EC was in breach of Article 63 (3) of the 1992 Constitution.

Mr. Mahama in his petition is urging the Supreme Court to annul the results of the presidential election declared by the Chairperson in the December polls.

He argues that per the data contained in the declaration, none of the candidates met the constitutional threshold of winning the election with more than 50 per cent of the total valid votes.

But the EC, together with Nana Akufo-Addo who was declared president-elect “prays for a dismissal of the Petition” for not properly invoking the special jurisdiction conferred on it by Article 64 Clause 1 of the 1992 Constitution.
The Supreme Court has set March 4, 2021, to deliver judgement.

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