President Akufo-Ado and the Electoral Commission have responded to the election petition submitted by former President Mahama at the Supreme Court challenging the 2020 election results.
The president in responding to the election petition says it lacks substance and it is a deliberate attempt by the 2020 NDC flagbearer to save his face following his abysmal performance in the 2020 election.
In separate responses to the petition filed at the Supreme Court Registry Saturday on January 9, 2021, the two respondents (President Akufo-Addo and EC) described the petition as one that lacks merit, incompetent and does not raise any reasonable cause of action.
“The instant action is a ruse and face-saving gimmick by the petitioner after the petitioner and many senior members of the NDC party had prematurely claimed outright victory in the election, only to be badly exposed by results of the 1st respondent (EC), corroborated by all media houses of note in the country as well as many independent local and international observers,” President Akufo-Addo argued.
The EC also argued that it was “misconceived and untenable” for Former President Mahama in the petition, to rely on the error made by the Chairperson of the EC on December 9, 2020, when she inadvertently mentioned the total number of votes cast as the total valid votes.
“The full results of the December 7 presidential election were known to the petitioner and that the claims in the petition are contrived, have no legal basis and ought to be dismissed,” the EC argued.