Mahama’s election petition: frivolous, borne out of unfounded imagination— Akufo-Addo urges Supreme Court to dismiss it
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged the Supreme Court to dismiss the election petition filed by the 2020 presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama.
According to him, the former President’s petition is borne out of unfounded imagination and described it as incompetent, frivolous and vexatious.
The NDC leader has petitioned the Apex Court asking that it annuls the election results that saw Akufo-Addo declared president of the country.
Mr Mahama argued that President Akufo-Addo benefitted from arithmetic errors and vote padding.
Akufo-Addo, Prempeh and Co, a law firm founded by the President subsequently filed a 12-paged response on behalf of the President.
The President through the firm argues that the petition does not disclose any attack on the validity of the election held through the 38,622 polling stations across the country.
It described the allegation of vote padding involving some 6622 votes as empty and insignificant to materially affect the outcome of the election.
The firm noted that Mr Mahama’s petition failed to disclose the number of votes he should have obtained except pointing out that none of the candidates got more than 50 per cent of the votes cast.
The petition is then described as “merely conjectural and borne out of unfounded imagination.”
This, the President through the firm stated, Mr Mahama in his petition argued that if all votes from Techiman South Constituency were added to his votes, the NPP’s Akufo-Addo would get less than 50 per cent plus 1 of the votes cast.
President Akufo-Addo in his response noted that the results from Techiman South were known to Mr Mahama at the time of filing his petition.
These votes, the president said if credited to each candidate would reveal that he duly obtained more than 50 per cent of the votes cast.
President Akufo-Addo’s lawyers served notice of raising an initial objection to the petition.
This objection aimed to argue that Mahama’s election petition did not meet the requirement of Article 64(1) of the constitution.
The article states, “The validity of the election of the President may be challenged only by a citizen of Ghana who may present a petition for the purpose to the Supreme Court within 21 days after the declaration of the result of the election in respect of which the petition is presented.”
The President concluded by describing the petition as incompetent, frivolous and vexatious.