Ghana court upholds President Akufo-Addo’s election victory

Ghana’s Supreme Court has upheld President Nana Akufo-Addo’s victory in December’s election.

The court rejected a challenge by the runner-up, Former President John Mahama, who had alleged irregularities in the results.

Akufo-Addo was retained as leader, following a seven-member panel of the country’s top court Judges’ dismissal of the election petition filed by Mahama.

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court said this was because the case had no merit.

Mahama, who contested the 2020 elections on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress, took the Electoral Commission to court.

He sought to challenge validity of results and subsequent declaration of President Akufo-Addo as the winner.

In his petition filed on Dec. 30, 2020, Mahama sought five reliefs from the apex court.

He, among other things, asked the Supreme Court to declare the EC’s declaration of Akufo-Addo as winner of the polls unconstitutional, null and void.

He also asked the apex court to order the Electoral Commission (EC) to conduct a re-run of the election between himself and Akufo-Addo.

The petitioner called three witnesses to make his case at the court-Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte and Rojo Mettle-Nunoo – and they were cross-examined.

Mahama, in his closing address, insisted that he discharged the burden of proof placed on him by the constitution.

But the respondents – the Electoral Commission and Akufo-Addo – urged the apex court to dismiss the petition.

They argued that the petition was incompetent, lacked merit and raised no reasonable cause of action.

Ruling, Chief Justice Anin Yeboah said the petitioner did not satisfy all the five issues outlined by the court to determine the case.

According to the Electoral Commission, Akufo-Addo was re-elected with 51.59 per cent of the vote against 47.36 per cent for his predecessor and opponent of the main opposition NDC.

Only 515,524 votes separated the two candidates.

International and local observers said the election was generally calm. However, five people were killed in violence on voting and counting day, according to police. Thenationonlineng

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