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EC, Akufo-Addo Also File Closing Addresses In Election Petition Case

The Electoral Commission and President Akufo-Addo have joined John Mahama in recording shutting addresses in front of day of atonement in the political decision appeal.

Mr. Mahama went to Court on December 30, 2021, to challenge the legitimacy of the Electoral Commission’s announcement December 9 assertion of Nana Akufo-Addo as President of the Republic.

He fought that Nana Akufo-Addo neglected to get the imperative number of votes to be announced the victor.

He is in this way asking the Supreme Court to in addition to other things proclaim the 2020 official surveys invalid and void and further request the Electoral Commission to direct a re-run of the political race among himself and President Akufo-Addo.

However, in their end Address, President Akufo-Addo’s legal advisors said Mr. Mahama didn’t as expected summon the ward of the Court on political race matters, and simultaneously, neglected to adequately release the weight of verification upon him as the candidate.

The Electoral Commission additionally killed attestations being made by Mr. Mahama saying the 2020 surveys were the most trustworthy since the origin of the fourth Republican Constitution.

The Commission rejects that the December 9 announcement was invalid and encouraged the Court not to allow Mr. Mahama’s reliefs.

The Supreme Court will convey its judgment in the matter one week from now, Thursday, March 4, 2021.

The reliefs in question per Mr. Mahama’s request are:

(a) An announcement that Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, Chairperson of 1St Respondent and the Returning Officer for the Presidential Elections hung on seventh December 2020 was in penetrate of Article 63(3) of the 1992 Constitution in the assertion she made on ninth December 2020 in regard of the Presidential Election that was hung on seventh December 2020;

(b) An assertion that, in light of the information contained in the presentation made by Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, Chairperson of 1St Respondent and the Returning Officer for the Presidential Elections hung on seventh December 2020, no competitor fulfilled the prerequisite of Article 63(3) of the 1992 Constitution to be announced President-elect;

(c) A presentation that the indicated announcement made on ninth December 2020 ‘of the aftereffects of the Presidential Election by Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, Chairperson of first Respondent and the Returning Officer for the Presidential Elections hung on seventh December 2020 is illegal, invalid and void and of no impact at all;

(d) A request invalidating the Declaration of President-Elect Instrument, 2020 (C.1. 135) dated ninth December 2020, gave under the hand of Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, Chairperson of first Respondent and the Returning Officer for the Presidential Elections held seventh December 2020 and gazetted on loth December, 2020;

(e) A request for order controlling the second Respondent from holding himself out as President-elect;

  1. f) A request for obligatory order guiding the first Respondent to continue to lead a second political decision with Petitioner and second Respondent as the competitors as needed under Articles 63(4) and (5) of the 1992 Constitution.

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