The leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has petitioned Ghana’s Supreme Court to order a second round of the December 7 election.
According to the Ex-President, the data contained in the results declared by the Electoral Commission clearly shows that none of the candidates obtained more than fifty percent of valid votes as required by Article 63(3) of the Constitution, “and therefore the purported declaration is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”
In his petition to the apex court Wednesday December 30, Mr Mahama stated that the said declaration was riddled with mathematical and statistical errors to the extent that the percentage of valid votes for all the contesting candidates would yield a total of 100.03% per the figures declared by the Electoral Commission.
“The claim that percentage of votes obtained by the 2nd Respondent [Nana Akufo-Addo] was 51.595% (6,730,413) of the total valid votes that she distinctly stated to have been 13,434,574 was a manifest error, as votes cast for 2nd Respondent would amount to 50.098% and not the 51.595% erroneously declared.”
“From the total votes cast of 13,434,574, petitioner’s percentages would reduce to 46.260% and not the 47.366% erroneously declared.”
“The percentage attribute to all but one of the other candidates by Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa were all incorrect.”
The NDC presidential candidate added that in making the declaration, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, Chairperson of the EC and the Returning Officer for the Presidential Elections, violated the constitution, and therefore the Supreme Court should pronounce a mandatory injunction directing the EC to conduct a second election with he [John Dramani Mahama] and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the contestants as required under Article 63(4) and (5) of the 1992 Ghanaian Constitution.
Below is the full petition submitted to the Supreme Court;