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Ghana: Supreme Court throws out NDC petition on presidential election results

By The Africa Report
Posted on Thursday, 4 March 2021 12:03, updated on Sunday, 7 March 2021 18:39

Ghana Incumbent President, John Dramani Mahama candidate of the National Democratic Congress gestures to his supporters during a presidential election rally at Accra Sports Stadium in Accra, Ghana, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Ghana Supreme Court delivered its verdict on the December 2020 presidential election results, which were challenged by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The petition had been brought by the NDC’s candidate, former president John Mahama, who called the December 2020 poll “fraudulent”.

The electoral commission – party to the suit – said that President Nana Akufo-Addo of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) won 51.59% of the vote and Mahama took 47.36%.

No re-run

Mahama had been hoping the legal action would trigger a re-run against Akufo-Addo.

The Supreme Court, however, threw out the petition. “The petitioner based his case on erroneous figures quoted earlier by the Electoral Commission chairperson, which was later corrected by Electoral Commission,” said chief justice Anim Yeboah.