Electoral Commission Responds To Mahama’s ‘Incompetent’ Election Petition

Written by on 01/11/2021

“The 1st Respondent, accordingly, raises a preliminary legal objection to the petition as being incompetent and not, as required by Article 64(1) of the Constitution and Rule 68(1) of the Supreme Court rules 1996 (CI 16), as amended, amounting to a challenge of the validity of the presidential election conducted by the 1st Respondent on 7 December 2020,” The Electoral Commission (defendant) says

This was in response to former President John Mahama’s election petition.

Mr. Mahama (1st Respondent) is in the Supreme Court asking for the annulment of the 2020 election results that saw Akufo-Addo declared as President.

Lawyer for the Commission, Justin Amenuvor has filed a 13-paged response on the petition; parts of it read:

“1st Respondent states that the petition ought to be dismissed also because the Petitioner does not challenge the validity of the election conducted throughout the 38,622 polling stations and the 311 special voting centers in the country, or contest the lawfulness of votes obtained by any of the parties to the election”.

1st Respondent adds that the petitioner has failed to indicate the exact number of votes and percentages that he or the other candidates ought to have obtained in comparison to the number of votes and percentages declared by the 1st Petitioner”.

The 1st Respondent, accordingly, raises a preliminary legal objection to the petition as being incompetent and not, as required by Article 64(1) of the Constitution and Rule 68(1) of the Supreme Court rules 1996 (CI 16), as amended, amounting to a challenge of the validity of the presidential election conducted by the 1st Respondent on 7 December 2020”.

Wherefore, the 1st Respondent prays the petition and all the grounds in support thereof, be summarily dismissed by this honorable court for not disclosing any reasonable cause of action”, the EC’s response prayed the court”.

Below is the full statement

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Source: Peacefmonline.com


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