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Election Petition: Sammy Gyamfi Sends Emotional Message To NDC Supporters

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National Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi has urged supporters of the political party to remain calm despite the dismissal of several applications filed by the petitioner at the Supreme Court.

National Communications Officer of the party, Sammy Gyamfi, maintained that there will be light at the end of the tunnel.

“Those who are crestfallen, those who are discouraged and sometimes call us, worried and disturbed saying ‘Why don’t you withdraw this matter?’, ‘You shouldn’t even go to court’.

“We want to tell them we understand and appreciate your frustrations. We understand and appreciate that and we are telling you don’t give up. We are not doing this for nothing. We know what we are doing,” he said.

“Let us all be patient with the legal team as we go through the process. We are not abusing the court processes like some are suggesting and we have not defied the orders of the court,” he noted.

SOURCE: Gossips24.com

 

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Dismiss Mahama’s strange election petition – EC tell Supreme Court

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The Electoral Commission (EC), 1st Respondent in the ongoing Election Petition at Ghana’s Supreme Court, says the petition is a strange one with the Petitioner not having evidence to challenge the December 7, 2020, election result which was declared on December 9, 2020.

“It is unfortunate that an innocuous error made by the Chairperson of the 1st Respondent in the declaration of the results on December 9, 2020, which had no bearing on the outcome of the election results has triggered this Petition,” parts of the 66-page written address by counsel for the EC said.

“As part of the 1st Respondent’s efforts to strengthen its electoral processes and build a further layer of accountability and scrutiny in its work, the 1st Respondent in collaboration with the Attorney General’s Department and subsidiary legislation committee of the Parliament of Ghana developed a Constitutional Instrument (CI 127) to govern the conduct of elections.”

The EC’s counsel insisted, “CI 127 introduced the Regional Collation Centres which provide an avenue for the involvement and participation of Candidates’ Agents in the collation of the Presidential Election Results at the Regional Collation Centres. This is a departure from the past where 275 constituency collation results were faxed directly to the Returning Officer at the National Collation Centre. Today the Returning Officer receives at the NCC [National Collation Centre aka Strong Room] only 16 Regional Results comprising all the constituencies in each Region. This is a major improvement and tidier and more efficient results collation process.”

John Dramani Mahama, the Petitioner and flagbearer for the NDC in the December 7 elections is praying the Supreme Court of Ghana to annul the results of the presidential election declared by the Chairperson of the 1st Respondent on December 9, 2020.

He argues that figures from the 1st Respondent show clearly that none of the candidates met the constitutional threshold of winning the election with more than 50 per cent of the total valid votes.

But the EC, together with Nana Akufo-Addo who was declared president-elect “prays for a dismissal of the Petition”.

The Supreme Court has set March 4, 2021, to deliver judgement.

 

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Legally, Mahama’s petition was not handled well – Lawyer

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Private legal practitioner, Lawyer Obiri Boahen has said the petitioner has failed to prosecute his case well before the seven-member panel hearing the 2020 election petition.

Although he failed to attribute the problem to a single lawyer, he noted that the lawyers failed the petitioner in presenting a valid case before the court.

Lawyer Boahen further noted that the witnesses in the case did not also help the petitioner in convincing the court.

He explained that the EC Chair, Jean Mensa could be dragged before the Parliament of Ghana to answer questions on the conduct of the 2020 polls.

He said if the petitioner wants the EC to account for her work, Parliament could take that charge and interrogate the matter.

“Lawyers of Mahama failed to prosecute the case well. That is the truth everyone is failing to speak. People are afraid to tell Mahama the truth. His lawyers failed to prosecute the case well. Legally speaking, the case was not well handled.”

He said the former President should blame his lawyers for the poor work done on his case.

According to him, his position is grounded in law and not politically motivated.

Source: rainbowradioonline.com

 

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It’s sad Mahama dragged us to court over harmless mistake – EC’s lawyers

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Lawyers of the Electoral Commission (EC) in the ongoing election petition hearing have wondered why NDC flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama dragged the Electoral Commission to the Supreme Court over a petty mistake.

According to a myjoyonline report, the EC’s lawyers said the mistake the EC Chair, Jean Mensa made during the declaration of the election results was harmless and had no consequences on the outcome of the results.

They furthered that the petitioner (John Dramani Mahama) has failed to present evidence to challenge the election results declared by the Returning Officer (Jean Mensa) on December 9, 2020.

The EC’s lawyers, therefore, called on the court to dismiss the petitioner’s case.

John Dramani Mahama filed a petition to reject the outcome of the election. He averred that neither he nor his main contender, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo obtained more than 50% of the valid votes cast.

Meanwhile, the Apex court on Monday announced it will deliver judgment on the election petition Thursday, March 4, 2021.

 

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