Election 2020

Akufo-Addo: Mahama’s election petition “incompetent and vexatious”

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has prayed the Supreme Court to throw out the 2020 election petition of John Mahama because it “does not measure up to the legal criteria for an action”.

The NDC flagbearer wants the Supreme Court to order a rerun of the election and to also restrain the New Patriotic Party’s presidential candidate, Akufo-Addo, from describing himself as the president-elect.

Responding to the petition through his lawyers, Akufo-Addo said Mahama only sought to make allegations which are empty rendering his petition as “incompetent and frivolous.”

“The election petition filed by John Dramani Mahama is incompetent, devoid of substance and does not measure up to the legal criteria for an action invoking this Honourable Court’s jurisdiction under Article 64(1) of the Constitution,” he said.

“The election petition does not disclose any attack on the validity of the election held throughout the 38,622 polling stations and 311 special voting centres or any of the processes set out in the paragraphs 3 and 4 (supra)

“In point of fact, Petitioner only devotes an overwhelming portion of the petition (30 out of 35 paragraphs) to weak and inconsistent complaints about the “declaration of the winner” of the election by 1st Respondent, and the remaining five(5) paragraphs to empty allegations of “wrong aggregation of votes” and “votes padding,” which collectively involve about 6,622 votes- an amount patently insignificant to materially affect the outcome of an election in which 2nd respondent defeated Petitioner by we’ll over 500,000 votes”

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