Election Petition: President Akufo-Addo says he respects his opponent, John Mahama’s decision to resort to the court in challenging the results of the 2020 Presidential elections.
“It’s good for the nation that in the end, he chose the legal path instead of the pockets of violence that had attended the rejection of the results by his party in the period after the elections,” President Akufo-Addo said in his last state of the Nation Address to parliament on Tuesday.
He however thanked Ghanaians for giving him “a clear new mandate”.
Mahama’s election petition
The opposition NDC on December 30, 2020, filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the outcome of the presidential elections.
In a statement after filing the petition, the party 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.
“The Petition details serious violations of the 1992 Constitution by the Electoral Commission and its Chairperson and Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, Mrs. 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”.