- John Mahama has filed a new motion to inspect the EC’s original copies of collation forms
- This comes after the Supreme Court dismissed an earlier motion to interrogate the commission
- Mahama is before the court to challenge the outcome of the 2020 presidential race
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John Mahama has filed a new motion in the on-going 2020 election petition hearing at the Supreme Court.
The former president wants the Electoral Commission (EC) in the new application to provide him all 275 original copies of the constituency collation forms for the presidential race.
The motion which was filed on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, came on the back of the court’s dismissal of his application to ask the EC 12 question bothering its handling of the 2020 presidential election.
Mahama’s latest motion has five more requests including the originals of the Constituency Presidential Election Results Summary Sheets and the Regional Presidential Election Results Collation Forms, as well as the records of the update to the declaration of presidential election results on 9th December 2020.
The Supreme Court during day two of the 2020 election petition hearing dismissed an application seeking to have the EC answer some questions regarding its handling of the election.
The seven-member Supreme Court panel refused the former president’s application during a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
In its ruling, the court held that the petition hearing is time-bound to grant him the application for interrogatories.
Frank Davies, a legal representative of the second respondent (President Akufo-Addo) said the ground rules of the petitioner (Mahama) along with interrogatories presented have been thrown out by a unanimous decision.
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CI 99 introduces strict timelines for the management and hearing of presidential elections disputes, which gives the court 42 days to determine the case from the day it is filed.
Mahama 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.
President Akufo-Addo rejected Mahama’s assertion that the presidential race should have gone to a runoff.
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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