Electoral Commissions tells Supreme Court Mahama was aware of all election mistakes

Electoral Commissions tells Supreme Court Mahama was aware of all election mistakes

- The EC says John Mahama was aware of all mathematical errors in the election results

- Lawyers of President Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission have responded to Mahama’s election petition

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

The legal counsel of the Electoral Commission (EC) has argued in its response to the election petition case by the former president that all mathematical errors on the election results had no impact on the final presidential election.

According to their response, John Mahama and the NDC were all aware of the mathematical errors hence there was no need for him to have complained over the final numbers.

Also, the second respondent, President Akufo-Addo has filed his response to John Dramani Mahama’s election petition case ahead of the pre-trial on Thursday, 14 January.

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Electoral Commissions tells Supreme Court Mahama was aware of all election mistakes

Electoral Commissions tells Supreme Court Mahama was aware of all election mistakes (Stock photo modified by Arthur).
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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.

“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.

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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.”

“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.

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.

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Recently, some Ghanaians in Washington DC have protested the election results. Hoisting placards which read “We Voted Mahama”, these staunch supporters of the former president demand a revocation of the 2020 election results.

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.

The NDC is insisting it won the parliamentary race in the constituency where 2 people were shot dead during the polls.

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