NDC Election Petition: Mahama wants EC to conduct a second election

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, has petition the Supreme Court to compel the Electoral Commission to conduct a second election with just him and the incumbent, Nana Akufo-Addo as candidates.

John Mahama in a tête-à-tête with EC boss, Jean Mensa

According to the former President, the votes obtained by New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, President Nana Akufo-Addo and himself in the December 7, election as declared by the EC Chair were not enough to be declared winner.

He further wants an order of injunction restraining President Akufo-Addo from holding himself out as President-elect of the country.

Mr Mahama said this in his petition to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, following the declaration from the EC that President Akuffo-Addo is the President-elect at the 2020 polls

In his petition, Mr Mahama contends that the results declared by the EC were “made arbitrarily, capriciously, and with bias.”

He also feels “that the said declaration was made without regard to due process of law.”

“The claim that percentage of votes obtained by the 2nd Respondent [Nana Akufo-Addo] was 51.595% [6,730,413] of the total valid votes that she distinctly stated to have been 13,434,574 was a manifest error, as votes cast for 2nd Respondent would amount to 50.098% and not the 51.595% erroneously declared,” Mr Mahama said.

President Akufo-Addo was declared the winner of the election with 51.3 percent of the votes while Mr Mahama followed with 47.7 percent of the valid votes cast.

The NDC, however, refused to accept the results because of its claims of malfeasance in the polls.

The NDC flagbearer’s grievances hinge on the conduct of the polls in the Techiman South Constituency.

Although the EC declared the winner of the presidential election when the Techiman South Constituency results were pending, Mr Mahama argues that if all the votes of Techiman South Constituency were added to his votes, President Akufo-Addo’s votes would remain at 6,730,413, now yielding 49.625 percent of the votes, while his would increase to 6,342,907, now yielding 46.768 percent.

“Therefore, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa’s claim in the purported declaration on 9th December 2020 that adding all the 128,018 votes in the Techiman South Constituency to the votes standing to the name of Petitioner would not change the results, was clearly wrong,” Mr Mahama said.

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