- Akoto Ampaw has conceded that there is nothing wrong with people making mistakes
- As a result, he believed John Mahama’s treatment of the EC for committing errors in the 2020 election was unfair
- Mahama said the errors by the EC robbed him of victory
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President Nana Akufo-Addo’s lawyer in the 2020 election petition, Akoto Ampaw, has chastised former President John Mahama for holding the electoral commission to ransom for committing “immaterial” errors in the collation of the presidential results.
On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, John Mahama filed a petition before the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome of the election.
Speaking later that day, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said he was contesting the outcome to remove doubts in the minds of Ghanaians over the credibility of the electoral process.
He believes the exercise was tainted with egregious irregularities, handing over undeserved victory to President Akufo-Addo.
The Jean Mensa-led EC said in its response to the Mahama’s petition it was likely it committed mistakes in the collation and computation of results for the presidential race.
Nonetheless, they did not have a material effect on the overall results as declared, the commission.
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Responding to the motion by the lawyer for the former president, Tsatsu Tsikata seeking to correct mistakes made in the petition, Ampaw held everyone makes and Mahama should have been considerate with his attacks on the EC for making “immaterial” errors.
“That is so, we all make mistakes and that is why we believe that the petitioner should have been more kind of the innocuous errors made by the 1st Respondents”, he said.
Meanwhile, President Akufo insisted without a shred of equivocation that the NPP won the election.
His comments come on the back of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow Mahama to rectify some errors in his petition.
He mistakenly asked the court to order a rerun of the election between him and the Electoral Commission (EC) instead of Akufo-Addo in the petition.
In granting the motion for the amendment, the court held that the typographical errors sought to be corrected materially did not affect the substance of the case.
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