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Ghana’s Supreme Court Upholds President AKufo-Addo’s Election Victory

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(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Ghanaian’s Supreme Court has upheld the election victory of incumbent President Nana Addo Dankwa AKufo-Addo.

 The seven-member panel Thursday unanimously dismissed the petition filed by the Presidential candidate of the main opposition candidate, former President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The court, which was presided over by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, held that Mr. Mahama’s petition lacked merit.

Justice Anin-Yeboah held that Mr. Mahama did not satisfy all issues outlined by the court to determine the case.

“We therefore have no reason to order a re-run as pleaded by the petitioner (Mahama). We accordingly dismiss the petition as having no merit,” the Chief Justice ruled.

Recalled that The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Jean Mensa, declared President Akufo-Addo winner of the election, which held December 7, 2020, with 51.59 per cent of valid votes cast as against Mr. Mahama’s 47.36 per cent.

Consequently, former President Mahama took the Electoral Commission to court, challenging the validity of the results.

Mahama is the second presidential election petition in Ghana.

The first one was after the December 7, 2012, election when Akufo-Addo, then candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), challenged the victory of Mahama who was then incumbent president.

The court then ruled in favour of Mahama.


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