Errors in Mahama’s petition very minor, inconsequential - Ayine

Errors in Mahama’s petition very minor, inconsequential - Ayine

-Dr. Dominic Ayine has stated that the errors in the NDC’s petition won’t affect the merit of its case

-The party in one of its relief sought inadvertently for a rerun of the elections between Mahama and the EC

-Mahama filed a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the results on Wednesday

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Former Deputy Justice Minister under the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama administration, Dr. Dominic Ayine, says the errors in the National Democratic Congress (NDC’s) petition challenging the outcome of 2020 are inconsequential.

For him, the petition can be amended to correct the errors before the case begins.

One such error was contained in the relief ‘F’ of the petition, where the party sought a re-run of the election between Mahama and the Electoral Commission.

“It is a very minor error and has no consequence…if we go to court our counsel can ask for the error to be corrected, this is not anything that we should waste our breath on,” Ayine who’s a member of the legal team of the NDC told GHONE TV on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

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Meanwhile, he further disclosed that the NDC has no evidence its presidential candidate won the 2020 polls.

According to him, despite claims by the hierarchy of the party that votes were padded in favour of President Akufo-Addo, “we never said that we won the [presidential] election.”

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“If we were convinced that we won this election we would have stated that in the petition,” Ayine who’s also the Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East added.

In other news, Mahama said his refusal to concede defeat in the 2020 polls was borne out of principle rather than an insatiable desire for power.

Addressing Ghanaians on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, after officially filing a petition to challenge the outcome of the elections at the Supreme Court, Mahama said he knew what it was to concede.

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But, not this time.

According to him, when he lost the 2016 elections, he conceded not simply in the interest of peace and democracy, but because he respected the will of the people.

He said he was compelled to challenge the results of the 2020 polls at the Supreme Court because he had reason to doubt the credibility of the elections.

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According to the results declared by Mensa, incumbent, President Nana Akufo-Addo won the presidential race in the Monday, December 7, 2020 elections.

He collected 51.302% of the votes to defeat the flagbearer of the NDC, former President John Dramani Mahama, who polled 43.359%.

The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.

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Mohammed Awal Mohammed Awal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (Journalism) at the Ghana Institute of Journalism. He has worked in print and online media with Ghanaian-based The Chronicle newspaper, Starr FM and US-based online portable, He also had brief stints with Africafeeds.

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