-Ex-president Mahama rejected the outcome of the 2020 election
-He beseeched the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome
-But, the court dismissed the petition saying it lacked merit
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The seven-member panel in the just ended 2020 election petition trial on Thursday said it cannot order a rerun of the 2020 presidential polls.
The panel held that former President John Dramani Mahama, the petitioner in the case, failed to adduce “cogent evidence” to back his claims that there was no winner in the December 7, 2020, presidential elections.
“The court expected the pink sheets to be exhibited to prove the claims,” the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah, the president of the panel stated.
Akufo-Addo defeated Mahama in the said 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.
The Chief Justice said in delivering the judgment of the panel that from the cross-examination of Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the petitioner’s first witness, there was no doubt that President Akufo-Addo had more than 50% of the total valid votes.
He said the submission that there was no winner in the election does not find favour before the court.
The panel dismissed the petitioner, saying: “We have, therefore, no reason to order a re-run of the 2020 elections.”
In other news, Investigative journalist, Manasseh Azuri Awuni, says he was grateful to God, Kwame Nkrumah led Ghana to independence.
Nkrumah, a nationalist leader led the Gold Coast’s drive for independence from Britain and presided over its emergence as the new nation of Ghana.
He headed the country from independence in 1957 until he was overthrown by a coup in 1966.
“Thank God it was Nkrumah who led us to independence,” the investigative journalist wrote on Facebook. “Danquah's descendants are showing us it could have been worse,” he added.
His comments come on the back of the Audit Service Board’s challenge to the nationality of Daniel Domelevo, the Auditor General.
The anti-corruption crusader returned to work on Wednesday, March 3, after 167 days of mandatory leave to a challenge to his nationality and retirement age.
The Audit Service Board alleged that Domelevo’s records at the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) indicated that he is a Togolese and was born on June 1, 1960, when he joined the scheme in October 1, 1978.
Domelevo, however, changed his details on October 25, 1992, when he completed and signed a SSNIT Change of Beneficiary Nomination form. He stated during that change that he is Ghanaian and that his date of birth was June 1, 1961.
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