- The pre-trial in the 2020 election petition will start today
- John Mahama, the flagbearer of the NDC in the 2020 election is challenging the outcome of the polls
- He believes there was no winner and that the election should have gone to a runoff
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The pre-trial in the much anticipated 2020 election petition began on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
John Mahama, the flagbearer of the NDC in the election on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, filed a petition before the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome of the presidential race.
According to the former president, the election was rigged in favour of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Akufo-Addo defeated Mahama in the election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 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 wants a rerun of the election between him and Akufo-Addo, stating that there was no winner contrary to the outcome declared by the Electoral Commission.
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Lawyers of the former president filed a motion before the pre-trial at the apex court, asking that the Electoral Commission admits that it committed errors in its results collation leading to the declaration of a winner.
The Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah, would lead the seven-member bench that would hear the election petition.
The court on Thursday, January 14, 2021, granted Mahama’s request to amend errors in his petition.
He mistakenly asked the court to order a rerun of the election between him and the 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.
Meanwhile, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, the national chairman of the NDC, said the spirit of Jerry John Rawlings would see the party through petition.
President Akufo-Addo rejected Mahama’s assertion that the presidential race should have gone to a runoff.
Speaking to the leadership of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Thursday, January 14, 2021, he maintained that the party won the race hands down.
Over 13 million Ghanaians voted in the Monday, December 7, 2021, election that saw him secure a second mandate.
In his views, the petition challenging his victory was nothing but “noise”.
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