The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has officially filed a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the 7 December presidential election result.
“The National Democratic Congress, wishes to inform the general public that at about 12PM this afternoon, the leader and presidential candidate of the party, H.E John Dramani Mahama, caused his lawyers to file a Petition in the Supreme Court of Ghana to challenge the 2020 Presidential Election Results Declaration by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana,” a statement from the NDC said.
“The Petition was filed pursuant to the party‘s audit of the 2020 Presidential results and extensive consultations with the National Executive Committee and Council of Elders of the party.”
According to the NDC, the petition details serious violations of the 1992 Constitution by the Electoral Commission and its chairperson and returning officer for the presidential election, Jean Adukwei Mensa in the conduct of their constitutional and legal responsibilities.
It seeks among others, a declaration from the Supreme Court to the effect that, the purported declaration of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election on the 9th day of December 2020 is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.
Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Jean Mensah on the 9 December 2020 declared President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo as president elect having secured 51.59% of the valid votes cast. The result of the presidential election has since been gazetted.
However, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it cannot accept the results because it is “flawed”.
Protests to continue
However, John Mahama, the flagbearer of the NDC has told supporters that the election petition at the Supreme Court should not stop them from protesting on the streets since it is one of the “legitimate means” to register their grievances.
In a Facebook post, Mahama, who lost to incumbent Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said: “The National Democratic Congress has decided to proceed to the Supreme Court to contest the results of the rigged elections of December 7. The decision follows a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of our party on Tuesday in Accra.
“While in court, the NDC will continue all legitimate actions, including protests, to demand the enforcement of the rule of law and protection of life and property of the good people of Ghana”.