Law lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), John Darko, says everyone who followed the petition from the onset knew that Mahama could not convince the court with evidence.
The Supreme Court, presided over by the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah, today, Thursday 4th March 2021 ruled that the Electoral Commission (EC’s) declaration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the winner of the December 7, 2020 presidential election is in order.
The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) declared the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, winner of the 2020 Presidential elections on 9th December 2020.
The declaration was contested in court by the NDC, who argued that the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, did not win the election 2020 as declared by the EC.
During the final verdict of the election petition, the supreme court by a unanimous decision dismissed the election petition brought before it by Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 elections, John Dramani Mahama.
Presenting the verdict, Chief Justice Kwesi Anin-Yeboah, who led the seven-member panel, said the petitioner has not produced any evidence to rebut the presumptions created by the publication of CI 135.
“The petitioner has not produced any evidence to rebut the presumptions created by the publication of CI 135. We are therefore of no reason to order a rerun. We accordingly dismiss the petition,” the Chief Justice said in the judgment.
Speaking in an interview with host of Atinka FM’s AM Drive, Kaakyire Ofori Ayim, Law lecturer at GIMPA, John Darko, noted that he personally was not expecting a different verdict after the petitioner’s submission of his written addresses.
“ Almost all lawyers and everyone who followed the petition from day 1 did not expect any other verdict than what came yesterday. It was obvious that the lawyers and witnesses of the petitioner were not able to convince the court”, he added.
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