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We Made Maths Errors, But It Didn’t Affect The Election Results – EC Tells Supreme Court

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The Electoral Commission of Ghana, the 1st Respondent in former President John Mahama’s election petition, has averred that “the full results of the 7 December 2020 presidential election” were “known to the Petitioner and that the claims in the petition are contrived, have no legal basis and ought to be dismissed in limine”.

The EC also denied “all allegations of vote-padding contained in the petition”.

In its response to the petition of the presidential candidate of the main opposition National Democratic Congress in the recently-held general elections, the election management body stated that “notwithstanding all the resources and training deployed and the facilities put in place, there is a possibility of minor discrepancies as a result of computational and mathematical errors made in the course of the collation of the results but these did not have a material effect on the overall results as declared.”

The EC, on 10 December 2020, a day after declaring the presidential results, effected a correction of the total valid votes via a press statement.

It said instead of the 13,434,574 announced by EC Chair Jean Mensa as the total number of valid votes, it was 13,121,111, adding that Mr Mahama was, therefore, “well aware that 13,434,574 was an error”.

“1st Respondent states that the petition ought to be dismissed also because the Petitioner does not challenge the validity of the election conducted throughout the 38,622 polling stations and the 311 special voting centres in the country, or contest the lawfulness of votes obtained by any of the parties to the election”.

“1st Respondent adds that the petitioner has failed to indicate the exact number of votes and percentages that he or the other candidates ought to have obtained in comparison to the number of votes and percentages declared by the 1st Petitioner”.

“The 1st Respondent, accordingly, raises a preliminary legal objection to the petition as being incompetent and not, as required by article 64(1) of the Constitution and Rule 68(1) of the Supreme Court rules 1996 (CI 16), as amended, amounting to a challenge of the validity of the presidential election conducted by the 1st Respondent on 7 December 2020”.

“Wherefore, the 1st Respondent prays the petition and all the grounds in support thereof, be summarily dismissed by this honourable court for not disclosing any reasonable cause of action”, the EC’s response prayed the court.

Mahama argues that only the public declaration made by Mrs Mensa on 9 December 2020 is guaranteed by the Constitution, and further that all the subsequent corrections were unconstitutional, and in any case declared through unsigned documents, which make them no declarations at all.

Mahama further avers that any such corrections should have been done in the presence of the representatives of the candidates and that the errors go beyond inadvertent mistakes.

The case will be heard from 14 January and judgement is expected to be given within 42 days.

Source: ClassfmOnline

Election 2020

Blame Yourself For Not Doing Your Work Properly In The Strong Room – Supreme Court Chastizes Kpessah Whyte And Mettle-Nunoo

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The justices of the supreme court have told witnesses of Mr John Dramani Mahama in the election petition, Mr Rojo Mettle Nunoo and Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte to blame themselves for abandoning their duties in the strong room during the final collation of the election results if their claims are to be believed.

During proceedings, the two witnesses told the court that they were sent by the Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC) to Mr Mahama at the time of the collation of the final results in the strong room. In their absence, the results were then announced.

Delivering the judgment on Thursday, March 4 the court said “…Notwithstanding all these allegations of misunderstandings with the chair of the 1st 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.

“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.

“In fact, regarding the testimonies of PW2 and PW3 , if their evidence is to be believed then they had to blame themselves for abandoning their post at the national collation centre at the time the verification and certification of the results were ongoing and PW3 had then verified and certified the regional collation results out of the 16.”

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Breaking News: Supreme Court Unanimously Dismisses Mahama’s Petition As Having No Merit

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The 7-member panel of the Supreme Court hearing the 2020 election petition have dismissed the 2020 election petition brought before the court by flagbearer of the NDC for the 2020 elections, John Dramani Mahama.

In an extensive verdict read by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, the court was of the opinion that the petitioner failed to disclose how the so-called errors by the EC chair materially affected the declaration.

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Supreme Court Update: Mahama In Court As Judges Get Set To Pronounce Their Verdict

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The Petitioner in the 2020 election petition, John Dramani Mahama has made an appearance at the premises of the Supreme Court this morning.

The 7-member panel presiding over the 2020 election petition is expected to deliver judgement today in the case which lasted about one month.

Mr Mahama is challenging the declaration of President Akufo-Addo as having won the 2020 election.

According to Mr Mahama, no candidate obtained more than 50%.

He is therefore praying the court for a re-run of the election between himself and President Akufo-Addo.

The Apex Court will put the matter to rest today by delivering its judgement.

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