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ElectionPetition:Supreme Court delivers judgement today after 17 sitting


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Election Petition

Today, March 4th, 2021 marks another historic day in this country as  the Supreme Court is  expected to deliver its judgment on the December 2020 presidential election petition.

Challenging the validity of the Commission, Former President John Mahama who re-contested the election took the Electoral Commission to court, challenging the validity and credibility of the Commission for declaring  Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as winner of the poll on 9th December, 2020.

 

According to the former president, President Akufo-Addo did not meet the constitutional threshold for election to the high office of president yet was so declared.

 

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 casts as required by art.63 3 of the 1992 constitution.

• Whether or not the 2nd respondent still met the 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 was in violation of 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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