Election petition: Akufo-Addo, EC enters notice of appearance
-The president and the EC have entered a notice of appearance in the election petition case
-The president and the commission will be represented by Akoto Ampaw and Justine Amenuvor respectively
-John Dramani Mahama filed the petition challenging the results as declared by the EC
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President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission (EC) have entered a notice of appearance in the election petition case filed by former President John Dramani Mahama at the Supreme Court.
The president will be represented by the Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co law firm led by Akoto Ampaw while Justin Amenuvor of Amenuvor & Associates will represent the EC, YEN.com.gh gathered.
President 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 Mahama, who polled 47.359%.
The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
Mahama, however, rejected the outcome, explaining that his refusal to concede defeat and challenge the results was borne out of principle rather than an insatiable desire for power.
Addressing Ghanaians on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, he said knew what it was to concede.
But, not this time.
He said 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.
Therefore, when he refused to concede the 2020 polls “please know that I have not taken this decision lightly; understand that it is not because of a desire for power, but because of a dedication to principle and a commitment to democracy.”
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo lauded the former president’s decision to seek redress in court.
“It is good for the nation that in the end, he chose the legal path instead of the pockets of violence that attended the immediate aftermath of the elections,” he said during his final State of the Nation address on Tuesday, January 5, 2020.
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