John Mahama requests for live telecast of election petition hearing

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H.E John Dramani Mahama
H.E John Dramani Mahama

The former President of Ghana and the 2020 Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama has made a request to the Supreme Court of Ghana asking for a live telecast/broadcast of his Petition hearing, challenging the 2020 Presidential election results.

Mr. Mahama in a document to the Supreme Court is requesting for live broadcast of the petition hearing like the Supreme Court did in the hearing of petition filed by the then Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo challenging the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election results.

In a document intercept by Coverghana.com.gh ahead of the amendment of motion filed by the Petitioner and other pretrial hearing on 14th January, 2021, said, “that counsel for and on behalf of petitioner shall move this Honorable Court for an order directing live transmission of the whole of the proceedings in this petition upon the grounds contained in the accompanying affidavit, and such for further or other orders as the Honorable Court may deem fit.”

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On Wednesday, 30th December, 2020 the legal team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has officially filed a petition on behalf of its 2020 presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama at the Supreme Court of Ghana to challenge the December 2020 Presidential election held on 7th December, 2020.

Article 64 of the 1992 Constitution and Supreme Court Rules, 1996 (CI.16) as amended by C.I 74 and C.I 99 allows any citizen or group of citizens to file a petition at the Supreme Court against any irregularities determined in an election.

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In view of this, the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr. John Dramani Mahama has, on Wednesday, 30th December, 2020 directed his legal team to filed his petition at the Supreme Court after the National Democratic Congress’s National Executive Committee has ratified the Flagbearer’s decision to contest the Presidential results declared by the Electoral Commission of Ghana led by Mrs. Jean Mensa.

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The Petitioner states that at the Presidential Election held on 7th December 2020 among Petitioner, 2 Respondent, Christian Kwabena Andrews (Ghana Union Movement), Ivor Kwabena Greenstreet (Convention People’s Party), Akua Donkor (Ghana Freedom Party), Henry Herbert Lartey (Great Consolidated Popular Party), Hassan Ayariga (All People’s Congress), Percival Kofi Akpaloo (LIberal Party of Ghana), David Asibi Ayindenaba Apasera (People’s Nationalconvention), Brigitte Akosua Dzogbenuku (Progressive People’s Party), Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings (National Democratic Party), he has detected some instances of flawed and rigged elections in favour of the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

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In the petition filed by the NDC’s legal team, the Electoral Commission led by Mrs. Jean Mensa shall be the first (1st) respondent while the President Elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo shall be the second (2nd) respondent.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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