The National Democratic Congress Party presidential candidate and former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama says he is very happy that he was able to let the public know that no candidate obtained more than 50% of the valid votes in the 2020 December 7 elections as specified in the 1992 Constitution.
According to lawyers for the Petitioner in their closing argument sighted by GhanaWeb, the Electoral Commission must be directed as a matter of his consequential reliefs 2(e) and 2(f) to re-run the election between Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and John Dramani Mahama.
“The admission by 1st Respondent of averment in paragraph 16 of the Amended Petition and paragraph 13 of the witness statement of PW1, which paragraph 9 of the request to admit facts also seeks to reflect, definitely lead to no other possible conclusion fact that, based on the data contained in the declaration made by the Chairperson of 1st Respondent, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, no candidate obtained more than 50% of the valid votes cast. This does not require figures from Petitioner about the results. It is based on what the Chairperson of 1st Respondent, the Returning Officer for the election declared, which 1st Respondent has admitted by not responding to request to admit facts.”
However, both the EC (1st Respondent) and Nana Akufo-Addo (2nd Respondent) throughout the trial opted not to call any witnesses to speak against Mahama’s claims after three witnesses testified in support of the petitioner.
They argued that the Petitioner failed to prove his case in court. More importantly, Ghana’s Supreme Court will today, Thursday, March 4, 2021, deliver judgment on the election petition.