Your claims are meritless, we’re not convinced – Supreme Court dismisses Mahama’s petition

Your claims are meritless, we’re not convinced – Supreme Court dismisses Mahama’s petition

The Supreme Court of Ghana has dismissed as meritless the 2020 Election Petition filed by John Dramani Mahama, the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

In a unanimous decision read by Chief Justice, Kwesi Anin Yeboah on Thursday, the court said it will not order a rerun of the 2020 Presidential poll because the Petitioner was unable to substantiate the claims he made.

Mr Mahama had gone to court challenging the declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the winner of the December 7, 2020, Presidential Election.

He claimed in his Petition that nobody had 50 plus one as required by the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, to be declared a winner.

He had also alleged that the Electoral Commission padded up the votes of Mr Akufo-Addo in some districts, a claim that was not proved in court.

There were five issues that the parties settled on for the determination of the court. These are:

In its assessment of the submission made by the Petitioner, the court decided the issues in favour of the respondents.

On the first legal issue, the apex disagreed with the Electoral Commission (First Respondent) and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (Second Respondent) when they said the Petition did not disclose any reasonable cause of action.

The court, however, said the first issue cannot be determined alone but in collaboration with others.

It said it was not convinced by the argument since no evidence was adduced to buttress the claims made by Mr Mahama.

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