Election Petition hearing expected to start today

Hearing of the election petition filed at the Supreme Court against the results of the presidential election held last year, by John Dramani Mahama who was the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidential Candidate, is expected to start today, Thursday January 14.

Mr Mahama is seeking a rerun of the election because in his view, no candidate won the polls.

The Electoral Commission (EC) declared President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) the winner however, Mr Mahama disagreed with the figures put out by the Chair of the Commission, Mrs Jean Mensa.

Director of Communications of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Yaw Buaben Asamoa has said that lawyers of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo do not expect the Supreme Court to go into the election petition filed by the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama.

According to him, the lawyers believe that there is no merit in the petition hence, should not be considered at all.

But Buaben Asamoa  told TV3 in an interview that “The lawyers of His Excellency President Akufo-Addo expect the petition to be dismissed without going into it at all because they don’t believe there is any merit in it.”

The President’s lawyers had earlier described the petition as incompetent, frivolous and vexatious and does not meet the threshold for invoking the jurisdiction of the Honorable Court and should therefore be dismissed.

A statement signed by Frank Davies, Head, Legal Directorate for the president announcing spokesperson for the legal team to tackle the case in court said “The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has through his Lawyers filed an Answer to the 2020 Presidential Elections Petition initiated by Mr. John Dramani Mahama, a candidate in that election.

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“President Akufo-Addo in his Answer has provided the court with pleadings that showcase that Mr Mahama’s petition lacks material substance.

“Mr President has further invited the Supreme Court to determine that ‘the petition is incompetent, frivolous and vexatious, does not meet the threshold for invoking the jurisdiction of the Honorable Court and should therefore be dismissed,’.”

A spokesperson for the Petitioner’s legal team Abraham Amaliba told TV3 that they expect to be vindicated in court.

“I know that clearly, we will vindicate ourselves in court but those who are going to pronounce the verdict are the Supreme Court judges.

“We also have the court of public opinion who will also be looking into the matters via their television set.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana