Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has filed a petition at the Supreme Court of Ghana to contest the results of the December 2020 presidential elections.
This follows weeks of protests and press conferences by the opposition party after rejecting the outcome of the election which declared their candidate loser with 47.4% of valid votes cast as against Akufo-Addo’s 51.6%.
The petition dated December 30, 2020, states that the declaration of incumbent Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the president-elect during the recent polls was in breach of the provisions of the 1992 Constitution governing the conduct of presidential elections in Ghana.
According to the former president, a proper collation of the election results based on the data contained in the Electoral Commission’s declaration shows that none of the candidates satisfied the requirements of Article 63(3) of the Constitution, “and therefore the purported declaration is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever”
The NDC’s presidential candidate is seeking among other reliefs, that the Supreme Court annuls the declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as President-Elect in the elections gazetted on December 10, 2020.
His petition further prays the apex court of the land to grant an order of injunction restraining the 2nd respondent, Nana Akufo-Addo, from holding himself out as President-Elect.
Mr Mahama also seeks an order of mandatory injunction directing the Electoral Commission to proceed to conduct a second election with the two top candidates as the contestants as required under Article 63(4) and (5) of the 1992 Ghanaian Constitution.
The Supreme Court is yet to set a date for the hearing of the petition which is expected to conclude within 42 days, but the petitioner has indicated he and his lawyers intend to call five witnesses to testify.