This is a sad new for National Democratic Congress (NDC) as the Supreme Court dismisses John Dramani Mahama’s election petition to challenge the result of the 2020 presidential election.
Chief Justice Anim Yeboah on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in delivering the judgment said that the petition is dismissed without merit.
He added that the petitioner failed to prove his case beyond a reasonable doubt, and that the errors announced by the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jean Mensa, which were subsequently corrected cannot be used to invalidate the election.
According to Supreme Court, the petitioner (Mahama) failed to produce enough evidence to award him a re-run of the ended 2020 presidential election between himself and Akufo-Addo. Court also made it clear that the errors made by the Electoral Commission (EC) chairperson, Jean Mensa had no effect on any other candidates in the 2020 elections.
The Supreme Court’s judgment addresses five issues that were set forth for determination, including the question of whether or not President Akufo-Addo met the constitutional threshold for election to the office of president.
Former President John Mahama who re-contested the election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), took the Electoral Commission to court, challenging the validity of the Commission’s 9th December 2020 declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as winner of the poll.
Mr. Mahama also contended in his petition that, President Akufo-Addo did not meet the constitutional threshold for election to the high office of the president yet was so declared.
He has been praying the court in the last two months, albeit amidst strong opposition from lawyers for President Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission, to nullify the declaration and to cause a re-run between him and President Akufo-Addo.
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