Former president John Mahama will address the media and party supporters at 5 PM today in connection with the election petition verdict.
This was disclosed by his legal team who addressed the media briefly after the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision dismissed Mahama’s petition to get the Electoral Commission (EC) to re-run elections between him and President Akufo-Addo.
The petitioner challenged the 2020 presidential election results in the apex court, arguing that the EC Chairperson, Jean Mensa, declared Nana Akufo-Addo the president-elect whereas he did not obtain 50 per cent of the valid votes as required by the constitution.
But the judgment delivered Thursday by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah affirmed Nana Akufo-Addo as a validly elected President of Ghana, saying the petitioner did not demonstrate in any way how the alleged errors made by the first respondent, the EC, affected the presidential election results announced by EC boss, Jean Mensa.
“The petitioner has not produced any evidence to re-butt the presumption created by the publication of the C.I. 135”, he said, dismissing the petition for a re-run of elections.
“We have therefore no reason to order a rerun. We accordingly dismiss the petition,” Anin Yeboah.
The apex court in its seven-member unanimous decision therefore dismissed the petition, saying it was without merit.
The court held that the figures as announced by the EC chairperson clearly showed that President Akufo-Addo obtained more than 50 percent of the total valid votes cast to be the validly elected President of Ghana.
The court further noted that fact was even admitted by the petitioner in his petition which was also corroborated in court by NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketiah who was Mr Mahama’s principal witness.
But Mr Mahama is set to react to the judgment from his Cantoments office before dusk.
The legal team of the ruling NPP led by Frank Davies also said the judgment was fair because the petitioner did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that the EC announced presidential results fraught with errors.
Davies said “the petitioner did not show one single evidence to show” that they deserve to be heard and grant their wish for a re-run of the presidential elections.
He said although there were channels the petitioners could employ legally to challenge the verdict of the apex court, Davies prayed that Ghanaians accept the judgment the supreme interest of the nation.
By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline.com