Election petition: Mahama files for review of ruling on application for interrogatories

Election petition: Mahama files for review of ruling on application for interrogatories

- The Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, dismissed the application

- John Mahama in his application wants to interrogate the EC

- The court held that it has limited time for that

-But the former president is having none of that

-He applied for a review of the ruling on his application

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John Mahama has no intention of backing down from his quest to ask the Electoral Commission (EC) 12 questions regarding its handling of the December 2020 polls in the on-going 2020 election petition.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, dismissed Mahama’s request to ask the commission 12 questions.

Election petition: Mahama files for review of ruling on application for interrogatories

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In its ruling, the court unanimously held that the petition hearing is time-bound and that it cannot grant the application for interrogatories.

Mahama, however, served notice that he was not going to accept the ruling.

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He has, therefore, through his lawyers filed an application asking the apex court to review its decision, denying him the opportunity to ask the EC his 12 questions.

Mahama’s lead counsel, Tsatsu Tsikata on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, informed the court about the filing of the application.

To review its earlier ruling, the court would have to empanel two additional Supreme Court Justices.

Mahama on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, filed a petition before the apex court to challenge the outcome of the presidential race.

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.

Election petition: Supreme Court dismisses Mahama’s application for interrogatories

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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