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Mahama’s election petition incompetent – Electoral Commission

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The Electoral Commission (EC), in a separate suit filed at the Supreme Court Registry has described the petition by the NDC’s Presidential candidate John Mahama as one that lacks merit, incompetent and does not raise any reasonable cause of action.

It also raised a preliminary legal objection, arguing that the petition does not even meet the requirement of Article 64(1) of the 1992 Constitution.

The EC said it is misconceived and untenable for Former President Mahama in the petition, to rely on the error made by its Chairperson on December 9 when she inadvertently mentioned the total number of votes cast as the total valid votes.

The EC explained that after the declaration of the election results four constituencies in the Greater Accra region reported an update in the results announced in those constituencies a difference of 1,651 votes.

That update was factored into a press release issued on December 10 which did not have any material effect on the overall results.

The EC in further denial of paragraph 32 of the petition contends that a rally of those constituencies referred to, does not yield a difference of 5,662 as alleged by the NDC.

It said it complied with all the processes and procedures laid down by the law for the conduct of the 2020 Presidential Elections with fairness to every candidate and without malice, ill will or bias against any one.

The EC emphasised that the election as declared did not breach the Constitution and that the petition by the NDC has no merit whatsoever and must be rejected by the Supreme Court.

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