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.
“Tragically 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 composed 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 advisory group of the Parliament of Ghana built up a Constitutional Instrument (CI 127) to oversee the conduct of elections.”
The EC’s direction insisted, “CI 127 introduced the Regional Collation Centers which give an avenue to the involvement and participation of Candidates’ Agents in the collation of the Presidential Election Results at the Regional Collation Centers. This is a departure from the past where 275 constituency collation results were faxed straightforwardly to the Returning Officer at the National Collation Center. Today the Returning Officer gets at the NCC [National Collation Center aka Strong Room] only 16 Regional Results comprising all the constituencies in each Region. This is a major improvement and tidier and more proficient results collation measure.”
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.
Be that as it may, 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 convey judgment.
Read underneath the full closing statement from the Electoral Commission: