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NPP’s Mac Manu, Jean Mensa testify against Mahama in election petition

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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.

 

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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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