Nana Addo's lawyers respond to Mahama's election petition

Nana Addo's lawyers respond to Mahama's election petition

- Lawyers of the president, together with the Electoral Commission have responded to Mahama’s election petition

- Both parties are praying the Supreme Court to dismiss Mahama’s election petition case

- The Supreme Court has set January 10 for the pre-trial of the case

President of the Republic and the Electoral Commission have filed their response to John Dramani Mahama’s election petition case ahead of the pre-trial on Thursday, 14 January.

Both parties say that the petition by Mahama is baseless and contrived and thus have no basis in law. To this end, they have served notice that they will be raising a preliminary objection to have the petition dismissed without having to go into the substance of the challenge.

Former president, John Dramani Mahama, has filed a motion seeking to amend his election petition.

Nana Addo's lawyers respond to Mahama's election petition
John Mahama taking an assessment of the election results moments after the polls (Photo: Facebook/John Dramani Mahama)
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“This is to essentially to correct the mistakes with respondents we noticed,” excerpts of their statement revealed

The first hearing date for these corrections is the 14th of January at which occasion this motion will be moved as well.

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.

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 upon filing a petition to challenge the outcome of the elections at the Supreme Court, Mahama said he knew what it was to concede.

The defeat of John Mahama in the recently held election has sparked pockets of protests by NDC supporters across the country and parts of the world.

So far, John Dramani Mahama has called for an independent audit of all the Pink Sheets from the various polling stations in the country.

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He recently told observers from the Electoral Commission that he will gladly concede defeat should the audit be done. The opposition NDC has also dared the electoral commission to make public, copies of pink sheets of the official declaration of results for Techiman South Constituency.

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