Mahama to Address Media Today As Supreme Court Dismisses Election Petition

Mahama surrounded by executives of NDC and his legal team

Accra, Ghana//-The Flagbearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama will address the media at 5pm on Thursday, 4 March, 2021, following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the 2020 Election Petition.

Speaking to the media after the Supreme Court’s ruling, Counsel for the NDC flag bearer, Lawyer Abraham Amaliba said: “I therefore entreat you all to carry your media to the Flag bearer’s office at 5pm at Cantonments.”

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has upheld the results of last year’s presidential election, saying the petitioner failed to prove that the winner did not cross the constitutionally required threshold of more than 50 per cent of the votes cast.

The ruling means President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will continue in office as President until his second term is over.

Nana Akufo-Addo polled 51.3 per cent of the valid votes, according to figures from the Electoral Commission while the petitioner, who was the 2020 flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Mahama, polled 47 per cent.

Delivering the judgment, Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah said: “the petition is dismissed as without merit.”

According to the court, the correction of an error concerning the total number of valid votes cast by the EC Chairperson, Mrs Jean Mensa, was within her mandate and did not affect the will of the people.

Also, the court said Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the NDC and first witness of the petitioner, confirmed admitted in court during his cross-examination that per the EC’s figures, Nana Akufo-Addo crossed the more-than 50 per cent threshold.

The Bench also said no credible evidence was adduced by the petitioner to contradict the figures announced by the EC.

African Eye Report/Classfmonline

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