Congrats Mr President – Alan to Akufo-Addo after SC dismissed election petition

Trade Minister-designate Alan Kyerematen has congratulated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo after the Supreme Court of Ghana affirmed his victory in last year’s elections.

Mr Kyerematen in a Facebook following the dismissal of the election petition filed by the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Mahama, said that “Congratulations H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on your affirmation by the Supreme Court of Ghana as the President of the Republic and Commander in Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.”

The Supreme Court by a unanimous decision dismissed the election petition filed by Mr Mahama.

The seven-member panel led by the Chief Justice Kwesi Anin-Yeboah dismissed the petition on Thursday March 4 saying it was without merit.

“The petitioner has not produced any evidence to rebut the presumptions created by the publication of CI 135.

“We are therefore of no reason to order a rerun. We accordingly dismiss the petition,” the Chief Justice said in the judgment.

The justices of the apex court further told witnesses of the petitioner, Mr Rojo Mettle-Nunoo and Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte to blame themselves for abandoning their duties in the strong room during the final collation of the election results if their claims are to be believed.

During proceedings the two witnesses told the court that they were sent by the Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC) to Mr Mahama at the time of the collation of the final results in the strong room. In their absence the results were then announced.

Delivering the judgment on Thursday March 4 the court said “…Notwithstanding all these  allegations of misunderstandings  with the chair of the 1st respondent  in the strong room and the fact that they were absent  during the declaration , they did not give any  indication as to how  these happenings  in their absence affected the final  results announced by  the 1st Respondent.

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“Having signed or certified these forms, the witnesses, particularly PW 3 cannot turn round to talk about irregularities in the forms.

“The testimonies would have carried some little weight if the purpose of the petition was to change entries made on the collation forms or summary sheets but that is not the case.

“Their testimonies were therefore of no relevance to the said issues set out for determination and so we find them unworthy for consideration whatsoever.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana