The verdict on the 2020 election petition was passed by the supreme court on thursday 4th March 2020 in favor of the New Patriotic Party, led by Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo.
The seven-member panel Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, dismissed Mahama’s application for a rerun of the 2020 election.
According to the judgement, “The petitioner, per his reliefs and grounds, is not challenging the data presented by the 1st Respondent, from which the 2nd Respondent’s declaration as President-Elect was made. As a result of that, he had not presented to the court any figures to contradict the data of the 1st respondent.
Petitioner’s case simply is that the figures or data declared by the chairperson of the 1st respondent as the valid votes cast and those obtained by the two top contestants; i.e. Petitioner and 2nd Respondent, when computed do not give the 2nd Respondent more than fifty percent (50%) of the said votes to merit his declaration, as provided under article 63(3) of the 1992 constitution.
The Petitioner averred that the declaration was therefore unconstitutional, null and void. The Petitioner proceeded further to seek an order to set aside the Instrument affirming the declaration i.e. CI 135 and a further order to organise a fresh re-run between the Petitioner and the 2nd Respondent in compliance with article 63(4) & (5) of the 1992 constitution”.
Based on the above and some provisions from the constitution, the supreme court dismissed John Mahama’s petition thus affirming President Akufo-Addo’s election and declaration as president valid.
By: Clement Annor | Active TV Follow on Twitter @activetvgh