Judgment Day: Supreme Court delivers verdict on 2020 Election Petition case today

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Judgment Day: Supreme Court delivers verdict on 2020 Election Petition case today

The Supreme Court will today, Thursday, March 4 2021, deliver its verdict on the 2020 Election Petition case brought to it by former President John Dramani Mahama.

The 2020 flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) challenged the validity of Election results by taking the Electoral Commission to the apex court where he wants the results annulled and a rerun organized between himself and incumbent President Akufo-Addo.

According to Mr Mahama, Akufo-Addo did not emerge as the winner of the election legitimately and that the Electoral Commission manipulated the numbers in his favour.

The Supreme Court’s judgment is supposed to address five issues that were set forth for determination, including the question of whether or not President Akufo-Addo met the constitutional threshold for election to the office of president.

The Issues are:
• Whether or not the petition discloses any reasonable cause of action.
• Whether or not based on the data contained in the declaration of the Electoral Commission of President Akufo-Addo as president-elect, no candidate obtained more than 50% of the valid votes cast as required by art.63 3 of the 1992 constitution.
• Whether or not the 2nd respondent still met Article 63(3) of the 1992 constitution threshold by the exclusion or inclusion of the Techiman South constituency presidential election results.
• Whether or not the declaration by the first respondent dated 9th of December 2020 of the results of the presidential election conducted on the 7th of December 2020 violated Article 63(3) of the 1992 constitution.
• Whether or not the alleged vote padding and other errors complained of by the petitioner affected the outcome of the presidential election results of 2020.

 

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