Supreme Court begins election 2020 petition hearing today

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Ghana’s Supreme Court will today begin hearings on the presidential election petition brought before it by the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) 2020 flagbearer John Mahama and it will be live on TV.

The decision of the Supreme court to show the hearing live on TV was at the request of the petitioner, John Mahama.

Mr. Mahama is in the Apex court asking that it annuls the election results and allows a rerun between himself and the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Mr. Akufo-Addo’s lawyers and those of the Electoral Commission (EC) have since filed responses to the petition asking the court to dismiss it on because it is “incompetent, frivolous and vexatious”.

They contend that the petition does not disclose any attack on the validity of the results of the elections from all 38,622 polling stations across the country.

They also claim the allegations of vote padding involving some 6,622 votes is empty and insignificant to materially affect the result.

The respondents have, therefore, served notice of an initial objection to be raised urging the apex court to dismiss the petition and are calling for a date to be fixed for the legal arguments.

Meanwhile, Mr Mahama’s lawyers have subsequently made some corrections to the petition.

A key issue corrected is a request that the Supreme Court allows the NDC Presidential Candidate to go into a run-off with the EC instead of NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo.

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