The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision dismissed the 2020 election petition filed by the NDC Flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama. The seven-member panel presided over by Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah, said the petition challenging the declaration of the NPP presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo as the winner of the polls, failed to meet the legal threshold. The ruling which is the longest yet in the Supreme Court took almost 2 hours to deliver.
The court pointed out that the petitioner, John Mahama, fails to provide any evidence to prove that the declaration by the EC boss Jean Mensa was rigged with errors. The Chief Justice further said the testimonies of the three petition witnesses (NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia, representatives in the EC strong room Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte and Robert Joseph Rojo Mettle-Nunoo) were of no relevance to the petition. The three witnesses, according to the panel, fail to prove to the court the said illegalities that characterized the December 7 election.
Justice Yeboah said evidence before the court confirms that the second respondent Nana Akufo-Addo indeed satisfied the 51 percent plus one threshold.
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