Election Petition: Mahama files witness statements, affidavit today

Election Petition: Mahama files witness statements, affidavit today

- John Mahama will file his witness statements today, Thursday, January 21, 2021

- It followed an order from the Supreme Court during Wednesday, January 20, 2021, hearing of the case

- Mahama filed a petition before the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome of the presidential race.

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John Mahama, the petitioner in the 2020 election petition, is expected to file witness statements and other relevant materials at the Supreme Court registry today, Thursday, January 21, 2021.

It followed an order by the Court on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Mahama’s witness statements and other affidavits on his petition will be filed at the Court’s registry by noon despite protest from his lawyers when the order was given.

Election Petition: Mahama files witness statements, affidavit today
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According to the former president’s lead counsel, Tsatsu Tsikata, the time was too short, especially when there were “outstanding issues” to be ruled on by the Court.

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In his view, the Court’s insistence on sticking to the specifications in C. I. 99 for hearing election petitions and the subsequent order it gave for filing of witness statements was an affront to the law.

The bench, however, argued that he should have known that they would be expected to file witness statements, and they should have been prepared ahead of time.

This, however, did not go down well with the veteran legal luminary, cautioning the Court against sacrificing justice for “expedition.”

“I do know about the schedule provided, but I also know that your lordships are here to administer justice and that justice should not be sacrificed for expedition,” he told the seven-member bench presided by Ghana’s Chief Justice, Justice Anim Yeboah, on Wednesday, 20 January 2021.

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

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According to the former president, the election was rigged in favour of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

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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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