The last few hours have been filled with news of NDC’s Presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama filing a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the result of the 2020 presidential elections.
Kasatintin.com has reported extensively on the events that led Mr. Mahama to file a petition at the apex court at about 12pm on Wednesday.
Among the reliefs in his petition, the former President is praying the court to first all, annul the 2020 presidential results and consequently order the Electoral Commission (EC) to re-run the election as he has observed ‘mathematical and statistical’ errors in the figures the EC reported.
Second, Mr. Mahama has petitioned the court to place an order of injunction restraining NPP presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2nd Respondent from holding himself out as President-elect, since to him ‘the said declaration was made without regard to due process of law as required under Articles 23 and 296 (b) of the 1992 Constitution’.
The NDC leader revealed that the votes obtained by him and the 2nd Respondent were incorrect and not enough for the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, 1st Respondent to declare the latter as winner.
He stated in his petition that, ‘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’.
Mr. Mahama argued that the 1st Respondent in her December 9 declaration said the NDC candidate obtained 6,214,889 being 47.366% of the valid votes.
‘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’, he said.
The former President further explained that if all the valid votes for all the candidates who contested the election are put together, it will yield a total of ‘13,121,111, a figure that is completely missing from the purported declaration by the Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa on December 9, and the purported rectification on December 10.’
He noted that the percentage of all the valid votes for the 12 contesting candidates ‘would yield a total of 100.03%.’
He referred to this as a ‘mathematical and statistical impossibility, a further proof of the wrongfulness and unconstitutionality of the purported declaration’.
Mahama, thus ran to the Supreme Court to seek the following reliefs:
1. ‘An order annulling the Declaration of President-Elect Instrument,2020 (C.I.135) dated 9th December 2020, issued under the hand of Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, Chairperson of 1st Respondent and the Returning Officer for the Presidential Elections held 7th December,2020 and gazetted on 10th December, 2020;
2. An order of injunction restraining the 2nd Respondent from holding himself out as President-elect;
3. An order of mandatory injunction directing the 1st Respondent to proceed to conduct a second election with Petitioner and 1st Respondent as the candidates as required under Articles 63(4) and (5) of the 1992 Constitution’.
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