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Election Petition: Five reasons EC wants the case dismissed

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The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) has responded to allegations raised by the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress in the 2020 presidential elections, John Dramani Mahama, as contained in his election petition to the Supreme Court.

The former president sued the EC as 1st Respondent and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as 2nd Respondent in a case which is expected to commence on Thursday, January 14.

Mr. Mahama in his petition wants the court to among other things annul the declaration of the results which announced President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as president of the Republic of Ghana and order a rerun between himself and the 2nd Respondent.

But the EC has dismissed all the allegations contained in the petition and prays the court strike out the case.

Here are some of the key arguments raised the Electoral Commission:

  • The EC argued in paragraphs 4, 5 40 and 42 that the conduct of the December 7 Presidential Election was in accordance with Fourth Republican Constitution, 1992 and the Public Elections Regulations, 2020 (C.I 127). According to the EC, C.I 127 provides a four-stage procedure for collating the presidential results, a procedure it says it complied with to the letter. It denied claims by John Mahama that the declaration of the presidential results was in breach of the constitution.
  • The EC argued in paragraphs 4, 5 40 and 42 that the conduct of the December 7 Presidential Election was in accordance with Fourth Republican Constitution, 1992 and the Public Elections Regulations, 2020 (C.I 127). According to the EC, C.I 127 provides a four-stage procedure for collating the presidential results, a procedure it says it complied with to the letter. It denied claims by John Mahama that the declaration of the presidential results was in breach of the constitution.
  • The EC also concedes in paragraph 37 that there may have been some mathematical and computational errors in the collation of the presidential results but argued that “did not have a material effect on the overall results declared”. It continued in paragraph 39 to say that four constituencies in the Greater Accra Region reported an update on their figures and that resulted in a net difference of 1,651 votes which were factored into the results declared. With this, the EC insists the difference was negligible to have any material effect on the outcome.
  • The EC also argued in paragraph 44 that the petitioner failed to indicate the exact number of votes and percentages that he and the other candidates ought to have obtained.
  • The EC in paragraph 43 argued that the petition be dismissed because the petition does not challenge the validity of the election conducted throughout the 38, 622 polling stations and the 311 special voting centres in the country or contest the lawfulness of the votes obtained by any of the parties in the election, but rather the declaration of the results.

In all the EC deems the petition incompetent which does not merit the attention of the court.

By P.D Wedam

 

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The True Story of Rawlings’ ‘Unknown’ Daughter

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Most Ghanaians have been raising questions about the truth in the story of Abigail Mawutor [Rawlings] who was seen by many for the first time at the funeral of former President Jerry John Rawlings claiming the late president was actually her father.

MyNewsGh.com has been speaking with some persons mentioned with knowledge about the matter and we have received clarifications that can only be confirmed or negated by a DNA test which Madam Abigail has said she is ready to subject herself to.

Aside her resemblance to Mr. Rawlings, this unknown 52 year old daughter of the ex-President reportedly has a daughter who very much like a carbon-copy of Zanetor Rawlings.

Some of the family members of Rawlings from the Volta Region who spoke under strict anonymity praised 52-year old Abigail because since the family found her, she had participated in most Agbotui family events and activities at Dzelukope as a recognized daughter of Rawlings but has never made the news. She has been low-key about it. They say she has been un-intrusive and never sought to create scene about it.

They believe her coming out ito the media is a form of grief as a result of lacking a chance to mourn her father properly, although there were things that should have been done before Rawlings died that couldn’t happen which would have saved the situation.

The Story

The story goes that in 1967, Rawlings in final year secondary school, aged 20 then, allegedly impregnated Rose Agbodzi Sende, an Ewe in Accra but originally from Togo. The young Rawlings allegedly pleaded with Rose to keep the pregnancy secret because his future was at stake, which Rose agreed.

In March 1968, Abigail was born to a single mother, the same year Rawlings, 21, was settling down as an Airforce Cadet.

Rose met someone willing to marry her and left her child Abigail with an old lady at Adabraka in Accra where the child grew up, knowing she had only a mother, and not knowing her father.

MyNewsGh.com sighted an Eyewitness who was her mate in Primary school and corroborated her story.

“I know this beautiful lady back in the days, she attended St Joseph Primary School at Adabraka. The rumours was rife then that Rawlings was her father.”

This will not be surprising because by the time Abigail would have turned 12, her “father’s” face and name was known nationwide, especially in the Adabraka areas where she lived with an old woman caretaker.

While it was rumoured her father was Rawlings, some of her caretaker’s neighbours spread rumours that she was a “fatherless bastard”.

Finding Her Father

In an effort to find her father as an adult, Abigail confronted her mother, Rose A. Sende about who her father was, whereupon she was told the whole story about what happened in 1967 and how Rawlings was her father.

Abigail has said in an interview that before her mother opened up about Rawlings, she had had numerous dreams involving Jerry Rawlings as head of state.

The young daughter started looking for Rawlings after her mother’s confession and found her way to Rawlingsfamily home in 2002 where she was accepted. A member of the family who spoke on strict condition of anonymity said prior to her appearance, they had heard from some travelers from Togo saying there was a lady at Lome claiming Rawlings was her father, hence meeting her was bound to happen somehow.

It must be stated that contrary to reports, no one in the family remembers any photograph Rawlings ordered circulated to find the girl. Several attempts to reach Grace Omaboe (Maame Dokono) for some additional facts was futile.

According to sources, when Rawlings was informed of her sudden appearance and claim, he neither denied nor confirmed it. However at various times, he enquired about her and on a number of occasions since 2002, he acknowledged her by sending her money for upkeep and to start a business.

It is not clear whether Rawlings gathered courage to inform his wife and her children about the existence of Abigail as a long lost but found daughter, if he accepted her.

We can therefore say that the story of the 52 year old Rawlings daughter could be true but has been a well-guarded open secret, unknown only to Rawlings nuclear family in Accra, if he didn’t inform them before his death. However, the Volta side of the family knew of her existence.

The facts summary

The basic facts as gathered by MyNewsGh.com are that Rawlings, born June 1947 completed Achimota O’Level in 1967 and joined the military academy at Teshie same year, before moving on to the air force the following year. Rose Agbodzi Sende allegedly got pregnant for him in 1967 and gave birth to Abigail Mawutor [Rawlings] in March, 1968.

Rose got married and left her child behind in the care of an old relative at Adabraka where the child grew up before later making efforts to reach out to the family in 2002 and has been with them until the larger public heard about her yesterday.

Source: MyNewsGh.com

 

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Photos: Another beautiful daughter of Rawlings pops up

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Even before the dust could settle on the drama of a lady claiming she is the daughter of departed former President, Jerry John Rawlings, another 50-year-old woman has popped with similar.

This time, it is one Kate Yeboah who has exclusively revealed in a telephone conversation that she is a Rawlings the world doesn’t know about.

Her Story

According to Kate, her mother met the late former President at Breman Asikuma where she resided, leading to a relationship that will later produce her.

Kate said she subsequently lived under the guardianship of an aunt and her husband who was a military officerbecause her biological mother struggled to take care of her as she was single.

Her guardians, she said, referred to her as Zanator, arousing her curiosity and subsequent decision to probe further.

Her probes, she said, led to her guardians confessing to her that she was fathered by the man Jerry John Rawlings.

According to her, her mother once collapsed on hearing of Mr Rawlings’ name, an incidence that further heightened her curiosity, making her draw confessions from her mother that indeed, Mr Rawlings was her father.

Kate said it was after the confessions that she connected and developed a father-daughter bond with the late former president.

Private Conversation

According to Kate, she has, on several occasions, had private conversations with Mr Rawlings during visits she paid him with her children.

She has also alluded to text messages she has exchanged with the late statesman as evidence of their relationship and conversations, messages she said she will forever keep and cherish.

On why she has waited until Rawlings’ death before surfacing with her story, Kate said she had to keep her relationship with her ‘farther’ secrete because she wasn’t sure of how his immediate family will take the news.

Secrete Financing

The self-acclaimed daughter who has also sent exclusive photos of herself  on social media and said the late former president adequately compensated her for their lost time by paying her children’s fees as well as taking care of their upkeep till his death in November last year.

Kate is the second woman to have laid claim to being daughter to the late Rawlings as one Abigail Mawutor Rawlings, 52 also made similar claims a few hours before her.

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Covid-19: Check out where parliamentary sitting will take place

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Sitting in Parliament will take place in the tent within the precinct of parliament where President Nana Akufo-Addo’s swearing in ceremony took place.

This is a temporal measure put in place by the leadership of parliament to curtail any possible threat from covid-19.

In his announcement before the House adjourned last week Friday, Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, disclosed that sitting will be virtual and as such only one-third of members are expected to be present in the Chamber while others transact from their offices.

The Speaker of Parliament also urged Members of Parliament (MP) to undergo their medical screening and Coronavirus testing by the close of day Tuesday.

The House is also expected to debate a motion moved on Wednesday, 20th January 2021 by MP for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, that seeks to call on the president to take urgent steps to absorb the fees of students of public tertiary education institutions for the 2020/2021 academic year and to extend support to accredited private universities as part of the national COVID-19 alleviation measures being implemented by the Government of Ghana.

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