The 7-member panel of the Supreme Court of Ghana has unanimously dismissed John Dramani Mahama’s 2020 election petition for having no merit.
The judgement was fueled by five issues the Court considered, including the question of whether or not President Akufo-Addo met the constitutional threshold for election to the office of president.
John Dramani Mahama contested the 2020 presidential election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He later took the Electoral Commission to court, challenging the validity of the Commission’s December 9, 2020 declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as winner of the polls.
Delivering the verdict on Thursday, March 4, 2021, Chief Justice, Anin-Yeboah established that the case before it has no merit, adding that witnesses of the petitioner, Mr Rojo Mettle-Nunoo and Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte are to blame for negle ting their duties in the EC’s strong room if they said are true.
“The petitioner has not produced any evidence to rebut the presumptions created by the publication of CI 135. We are therefore no reason to order a rerun. We accordingly dismiss the petition,” the Chief Justice said in the judgment.
The Court further noted:
“…notwithstanding all these allegations of misunderstandings with the chair of the1st respondent in the strong room and the fact that they were absent during the declaration, they did not give any indication as to how these happenings in their absence affected the final results announced by the 1st Respondent.
“Having signed or certified these forms, the witnesses, particularly PW 3 cannot turn round to talk about irregularities in the forms. The testimonies would have carried some little weight if the purpose of the petition was to change entries made on the collation forms or summary sheets but that is not the case.
“Their testimonies were therefore of no relevance to the said issues set out for determination and so we find them unworthy for consideration whatsoever.”
Story by: Christian Yalley & Obeng Manasseh Osei | universnewsroom.com