The NDC has rejected the number of votes ascribed to its candidate John Dramani Mahama by the Electoral Commission, accusing the election organization body of ballot stuffing and rigging.
As announced by the chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa on December 9, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who won the election garnered 6,730,413, representing 51.595% while John Mahama garnered 6, 214, 889 representing 47.366%.
John Dramani Mahama has subsequently filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the figures produced by the EC.
However, in all his press conferences, Mahama did not disclose what he believes to be the number of votes he polled in the election.
Speaking during an interview with Accra FM, Asiedu Nketia said that the party collated results from the polling station and hence has a figure but will not announce it now.
He said that if it becomes necessary for the party to make known their figure during the hearing of the election petition, it wouldn’t hesitate to do so.
“In this country, political parties don’t declare election result, it’s the EC. The EC has declared the result and we have issues with it and we are challenging it. We are challenging that on the basis of the EC’s own declaration, there are errors in it. So, if we get to a point where we have to give figures we will. So have patience and we’ll approve it in court. How do you expect us to reveal our tactics”, he said.
Asiedu Nketia added that the NDC’s auditing revealed that the figures announced by the EC does not correspond with the figures on the pink sheets it received from all the polling stations.
“The audit we did was a private auditing. That’s why we called that there should be an auditing of the results. We have done our auditing and have the bases that the EC’s figures are wrong. We agree with the figures at the polling station but base on what was recorded at the polling station, we’ve realized that the national figures are wrong. So, the two figures they gave is what we wanted to audit.”
I Can Easily Handle the Election Petition Case – Chairman Wontumi
NPP’s Ashanti Regional Chairman, Chairman Wontumi has made a request to be the lead lawyer in charge of representing President Akufo-Addo in the ongoing election petition at the Supreme Court.
Chairman Wontumi is making an earnest appeal to the lead counsel, Akoto Ampaw, to give him the opportunity to the lead the case against the National Democratic Congress (NDC). He believes the NDC has no case and he can surely come out victorious.
“I will plead with the lead counsel for the president, Akoto Ampaw, to leave the case for me so that I handle it because from what I’ve seen, I can easily handle the case,” he said on Wontumi TV’s Nsempa Fie on Saturday.
He also added that Tsatsu Tsikata, lead counsel for the NDC and former president John Dramani Mahama is overhyped and the proceedings so far have shown how weak of lawyer he is. He said that for Tsatsu Tsikata to ask whether the results of the election where transmitted by the NCA, exposes him as a weak lawyer who is slow at learning.
The court proceedings for the petition filed by John Mahama are still ongoing as the NDC and their leader push through for the Court to order a rerun of the election as neither candidate obtained the required 50 plus one to be declared winner.
NPP’s Mac Manu, Jean Mensa testify against Mahama in election petition
The NPP’s Peter Mac Manu and EC Chairperson Jean Mensa have testified against 2020 NDC Presidential Candidate, John Dramani Mahama’s election petition.
Mr. Mahama is seeking to annul the results of the election won by the NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo and have a re-run of the polls.
On January 20, the Supreme Court announced January 26 as the date to commence hearing of the substantive aspect of the petition.
It also urged the parties in the case to file their respective witness statements.
EC’s witness statement
The EC statement covers 6 pages and is signed by Jean Mensa. She commences her testimony by stating that the information she’s putting across is from her own knowledge of events leading to the filing of the petition and other matters that have come after.
She states that the results of the 2020 elections held on December 7 were collated in accordance with Public Elections Regulations, 2020 (C.I 127).
She points out that Nana Akufo-Addo obtained 6,730,413 of the valid votes cast while John Mahama got 6,214,889.
She adds that the total valid votes stood at 13,121,111.
These figures she asserts shows that Mr. Akufo-Addo got more than 50% of the valid votes.
She additionally argues that whatever votes remained outstanding at the time of declaration could not mathematically change the more than 50% of valid votes obtained by Mr. Akufo-Addo.
She admits in her testimony that she inadvertently announced 13,434,574 as the total valid votes instead of stating this figure as total number of votes cast.
She insists that a simple tabulation of all votes obtained by each candidate as declared comes to 13,121,111. The form declaring the results, Mrs. Mensa says was signed by 8 agents of the candidates who were present at the time of the completion of the form.
Her inadvertence, she insists did not affect the constrictions threshold of 50% plus 1. The error she explains was immediately corrected the next day by the EC through a statement.
On the Techiman South constituency results which were outstanding at the time of declaration, Mrs. Mensa says it’s inclusion or exclusion from the votes obtained by the candidates does not change the outcome of the results.
She concludes her testimony by denying claims the Commission padded votes in favour of Nana Akufo-Addo.
Peter Mac Manu’s testimony
The NPP’s Peter Mac Manu commences his testimony by stating that Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed him to testify on his behalf.
He sets off the testimony by saying the petition is without merit and based on unfounded and misconceived assumptions.
He explains that the petition does not disclose any attack on the validity of the election held throughout the 38,622 polling stations and 311 special voting centers.
He describes the allegations of wrong aggregation of votes and vote padding as “empty and collectively involve about 6,622 votes- this is a sum patently insignificant to materially affect the outcome of an election which 2nd respondent defeated Petitioner by well over 500,000 votes.
He also states that Mr. Mahama does not disclose in the petition the number of valid votes he believes he actually obtained and what Mr. Mahama believes Nana Akufo-Addo got to merit a run off.
“The Petition is largely conjectural and borne out of petitioner’s unfounded imagination”, Mr. Manu adds.
The entire petition he argues is premised on the insignificant accuracies and slips made by the EC Chairperson in her declaration.
He insists further that the petition is a ruse and face-saving gimmick deployed by Mr. Mahama after the official results declared by the EC and election observers showed he had lost the polls despite claiming victory earlier.
He ends by pointing out that he has attached to his statement videos of NDC leaders who had claimed John Mahama won the election by more than 51% of votes casts.
He adds that the petition however states that no candidate obtained more than 50% of the votes including the candidate said to have won by more than 51%, that is John Mahama.
Official: Osafo-Marfo, Gloria Akuffo dropped; Ursula, Oppong-Nkrumah retained
President Akufo-Addo has released a total of 46 Ministers for his second term, a cut from the 126 that served in his first term.
The President in a statement Thursday said the list of Ministers will be submitted to Parliament today.
The statement noted the President has scrapped the Office of the Senior Minister.
It further noted eight out of the 46 Ministers will be women.
“In all, President Akufo-Addo will appoint a total of thirty (30) Ministers, and sixteen (16) Regional Ministers, bringing the total number of Ministers to forty-six (46). Eight (8) of this number are women – six (6) Ministers and two (2) Regional Ministers. This is the list that will be submitted to Parliament by the President on Thursday.”
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