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New register saga: EC has disrespected Otumfuo – NDC

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The main opposition National Democratic Congress says the Electoral Commission (EC) has shown utter disrespect and disregard to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II after going ahead to announce date for the commencement of the compilation of the new register.

“Its very very unholy and unacceptable” Deputy General Secretary, of the National Democratic Congress, Peter Boamah Otukonor fumed in an interview with sit-in host Akwasi Nsiah on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM.

The Inter-Party Resistance Against the New Voter’s Register has condemned what it says is the Electoral Commission’s (ECs) deceptive tactics in the Voter’s Register Saga.

The group in a statement on Friday, January 23, 2020 accused the EC of showing bad faith by going ahead to declare April 18, as the beginning of the compilation of the new register without recourse to a planned engagement of stakeholders at a meeting scheduled for 30th January.

Following this, the group has said it has withdrawn its earlier announcement of the momentary suspension of the protests and will strike in the coming days with more street campaigns against the EC’s move.

Commenting on the action by the Inter-Party Resistance Against the New Voters Register, the Deputy Scribe of the biggest opposition party said the EC should bow its head in shame because it has discredited the good counsel of the Committee of Eminent Advisors.

Meanwhile, he’s asked the Commission to include the CSOs in the next meeting scheduled for January, 30.

“We are making it clear to the EC that if any further deliberations will go on, then we cannot exclude the CSOs because even if you go to IPAC, you have the reps of the various CSOs. So we don’t anticipate that the EC will sideline the CSOs in our next meeting. We’re therefore demanding that the next meeting scheduled for January, 30 should be done with the full involvement of the Civil Society Organizations,” Otukonor said.

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Election petition: Supreme Court delivers judgement

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The Supreme Court has dismissed the election petition brought before it by John Dramani Mahama, the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah made this known while reading the ruling of the court on Thursday, March 3, 2021.

“The petitioner did not demonstrate in any way how the errors affected the declaration of the election…We have therefore no reason to order a re-run [of the election]. We accordingly dismiss the petition,” he said.

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LIVESTREAMING: Supreme Court judgement on Election Petition

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Justices of the Supreme Court are set to rule on the Election Petition on the December polls submitted by flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama.

The legal tussle and cross-examination, which has taken place since January 14 will finally be decided today at the Supreme Court of Ghana.

The seven-member panel presided over by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, had asked lawyers for the parties in the case to file their closing written addresses.

Following the general polls of 2020, where the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jean Mensa, declared Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as winner, the National Democratic Congress flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, took the EC and the president to court, on the grounds that no one met the constitutional threshold for election to the high office of President. They were also asking the court to invalidate the EC’s declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as president.

The court before trial commenced set the following issues for determination:

1. Whether or not the petition discloses any reasonable cause of action

2. Whether or not based on the data contained in the declaration of the 1st Respondent (EC), no candidate obtained more than 50% of the valid votes cast as required by article 63 (3) of the 1992 constitution

3. Whether or not the 2nd Respondent still met the article 63 (3) of the 1992 constitution threshold by the exclusion or inclusion of the Techiman South constituency Presidential Election Results of 2020

4. Whether or not the declaration by the 1st Respondent dated the 9th of December was in violation of article 63 (3) of the 1992 constitution

5. Whether or not the alleged vote padding and other errors complained of by the petitioner affected the outcome of the Presidential Election results of 2020.

Watch a livestream of GhanaWeb’s coverage with experts and legal minds on the trial here:

 

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Supreme Court to deliver Election Petition judgment today

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The Supreme Court is today, Thursday, March 4, 2021, expected to deliver its judgment on the December 2020 presidential election petition.

Former President John Mahama who re-contested the election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), took the Electoral Commission to court, challenging the validity of the Commission’s 9th December 2020 declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as winner of the poll.

Mr. Mahama also contended in his petition that, President Akufo-Addo did not meet the constitutional threshold for election to the high office of president yet was so declared.

He has been praying the court in the last two months, albeit amidst strong opposition from lawyers for President Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission, to nullify the declaration and to cause a re-run between him and President Akufo-Addo.

The Supreme Court’s judgment is supposed to address five issues that were set forth for determination, including the question of whether or not President Akufo-Addo met the constitutional threshold for election to the office of president.

The Issues are:

• Whether or not the petition discloses any reasonable cause of action.

• Whether or not based on the data contained in the declaration of the Electoral Commission of President Akufo-Addo as president-elect, no candidate obtained more than 50% of the valid votes casts as required by art.63 3 of the 1992 constitution.

• Whether or not the 2nd respondent still met the Article 63(3) of the 1992 constitution threshold by the exclusion or inclusion of the Techiman South constituency presidential election results.

• Whether or not the declaration by the first respondent dated 9th of December 2020 of the results of the presidential election conducted on the 7th of December 2020 was in violation of Article 63(3) of the 1992 constitution.

• Whether or not the alleged vote padding and other errors complained of by the petitioner affected the outcome of the presidential election results of 2020.

Source:citinewsroom.com

 

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