Mahama’s election petition ‘incompetent’ – Electoral Commission

Mahama’s election petition ‘incompetent’ – Electoral Commission

Mahama’s election petition ‘incompetent’ – Electoral Commission

Mahama’s election petition ‘incompetent’ – Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission (EC) has described the election petition filed by the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama as incompetent.

The Commission like the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has thus served notice of its intention to urge the Supreme Court to dismiss the matter immediately rather than allowing it travel the mandatory 42 days.

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The NDC leader, Mr Mahama is in the Apex Court demanding that it annuls the election results that saw his opponent Akufo-Addo declared as winner.

He argued that President Akufo-Addo benefitted from arithmetic errors and vote padding.

The EC is named as a defendant in the petition as required by law.

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Lawyer for the Commission, Justin Amenuvor has filed a 13-paged response on the petition.

He argued that the EC Chairperson in her declaration inadvertently read out the figure representing the total number of votes cast as the total number of valid votes and the percentage of President Akufo-Addo as 51.59 instead of 51.295%

This, the Commission says, it subsequently corrected insisting it did not affect the overall results declared.

On Techiman South which Mr. Mahama’s argues if he obtained all votes, the NPP’s Akufo-Addo will end up with less than 50% plus one, the EC says the votes (results) it obtained from its officials do not support this view

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This result the EC says has been available even before John Mahama filed his petition

The Commission says the allegation of vote padding are untrue.

It however admits that there is the possibility of minor discrepancies as a result of computational and mathematical errors made in the course of collation

This the EC however says did not affect the overall results as declared.

The EC has noted in its response of its intention to raise an initial objection aimed at arguing that the case does not meet the minimum threshold required for a full trial to take place.


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