President Nana Akufo-Addo has responded to John Mahama’s election petition, says Supreme Court should dismiss it in a letter dated 8 January 2021 to John Dramani Mahama‘s Election Petition.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says that the Declaration of President-Elect Instrument is the legitimate strategy “at law” for pronouncing a champ of a Presidential Election and not the underlying declaration by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission which has no premise in law.
This was contained in his Response dated 8 January 2021 to John Dramani Mahama’s Election Petition.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the second Respondent in the 2020 Presidential Election says in this way that the Supreme Court ought to excuse the appeal brought before it by Mahama on the grounds that it did not depend on Article 64(1) of the Constitution which makes “the legitimacy” of a political race the premise of a Presidential Election Petition.
John Dramani Mahama then contends that the Declaration of President-Elect Instrument depended on the public Declaration by Jean Mensa on 9 December 2020.
Akufo-Addo recognizes that yet says those blunders in any case, the legitimacy of the political decision itself has not been tested by the Petitioner.
He expects to utilize the 2013 Supreme Court Presidential Election including himself and John Dramani Mahama as his reference focuses.
In a 12-page reaction by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, with his own law office exhorting him, the President contends that the request doesn’t uncover any assault on the legitimacy of the decisions held in the 38,622 surveying stations and 311 unique democratic focuses, and along these lines, the appeal is a result of unwarranted creative mind.
Akufo-Addo added that the claim by the Petitioner of “vote cushioning” which includes about 6622 votes is unfilled and doesn’t physically influence the result of the 2020 general political decision.
Akufo-Addo’s reaction incompletely peruses: “second Respondent says that the political decision was directed across 38,622 surveying stations in Ghana and 311 extraordinary democratic focuses and that in each surveying station and unique democratic focus, the votes were included and the outcomes proclaimed within the sight of delegates of the competitors, tallying specialists, citizens, the overall population and in many occurrences, the media and nearby and worldwide spectators.”
It proceeded: “Upon the announcement of results, duplicates are posted at the different surveying stations as per the law administering the decisions.
“second Respondent expresses that the Petition doesn’t unveil any assault on the legitimacy of the political race held all through the 38,622 surveying stations and 311 unique democratic focuses or any of the cycles set out in sections 3 and 4 (supra).”
Akufo-Addo further demonstrated that Mahama’s appeal neglected to uncover the number of votes he ought to have gotten aside from bringing up that none of the up-and-comers got over half of the absolute legitimate votes cast.
“second Respondent, in the situation, says the request is simply theoretical and borne out of solicitor’s unwarranted creative mind and further that the material realities in the appeal don’t uphold the reliefs looked for and, thusly, same ought to be excused in limine as bumbling.”
Akufo-Addo further showed that Mahama in his request expressed that if all votes from Techiman South Constituency are added to his votes, the NPP’s Akufo-Addo will get under half of the absolute substantial votes cast taking note of that the outcomes from Techiman South were known to John Dramani Mahama at the hour of recording his appeal.
In the event that the all out legitimate votes cast are credited to every competitor effectively, Akufo-Addo asserts that he will appropriately acquire over half of the votes cast.
Akufo-Addo, consequently, asked the Supreme Court to “confirm that the request is clumsy, negligible and vexatious, and reveals no sensible reason for activity regarding article 64(1) of the Constitution and put the issue down for lawful contentions.”
Article 64(1) peruses: “The legitimacy of the appointment of the President might be tested simply by a resident of Ghana who may introduce an appeal for the reason to the Supreme Court inside 21 days after the assertion of the consequence of the political decision in regard of which the request is introduced.”
John Dramani Mahama has documented an appeal at the Apex Court testing the 9 December 2020 Declaration by Jean Mensa, that Nana Akufo-Addo is the champ of the 2020 Presidential political race and is imploring that the court ought to invalidate that Declaration.
Mahama asserts that if that Declaration which depended on wrong outcomes and an off-base figuring of the then exceptional Techiman South Results were thought of, at that point there was no victor, accordingly requiring a rerun.
Akufo-Addo had shown that the proof of vote cushioning delivered by the Petition adds up to only 6622 votes, which are inconsequential since he was truly chosen dependent on Article 64(1) by an edge of 500 thousand votes.
He expressed that in excess of 38 thousand surveying station results saw by the overall population and global eyewitnesses authenticate his success.
He, notwithstanding, went into a sand trap in section 35 when he expressed that the outcomes were “validated by all media places of note in the nation just as numerous neighborhood and worldwide eyewitnesses”.
The EU Observer Mission has, nonetheless, expressed that the examination of results was “less straightforward”.
John Mahama, the quick past head of state, has documented a change to his request which is right the mistake of alluding to Akufo-Addo as first Respondent rather than the subsequent Respondent – a blunder Akufo-Addo rehashed all through his reaction – everything is set for the lawful contentions starting 14 January.
Judgment ought to be conveyed by 10 February as indicated by the standards administering the case
Below are screenshot of the letter:
This comes after a successful elections in the December 7th presidential and parliamentary elections, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), is challenging the authenticity of the elections at the supreme court.
The petitioner (John Mahama) is praying the highest court of the land to call for a run off between the petitioner and the second respondent (Nana Addo).
The petitioner has alleged that the elections were flawed, vote padding and computational errors by the first respondent, Electoral Commission (EC) in favour of the second respondent( Nana Addo).
Some days after the summons, the first respondent( Electoral Commission), also wrote to the court, affirming the results at the December elections as valid and a true reflection of what transpired in the December presidential and parliamentary elections.
However, the the first respondent (Electoral Commission) is praying the supreme court to throw out the case, since it fail to buttress their claims with facts and figures.
Some days after the first respondent’s letter, the New Patriotic Party (the second respondent) has also written to the supreme court to throw out the petitioner’s case, because the results, as announced by the Electoral Commission, is a true reflection of the election results (as shown in the pictures above).