Ghana’s opposition NDC to petition against election results this week

Ghana’s opposition NDC to petition against election results this week

The Democratic National Congress (NDC) has condemned the violent attacks against the party's elected MPs for the Keta and Jomoro constituencies following their respective victories in the recently completed 2020 elections.

Ghana’s main National Democratic Congress (NDC), which has been mourning the results of the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections, says it is ready to challenge the result in court.

A member of the party’s legal team, Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor, said on Saturday that the electoral petition against the results declared by the Electoral Commission (EC) will be presented on Wednesday.

“We will go to court. We have made it clear … Certainly, by Wednesday, all these matters would be taken to court, ”Dafeamekpor told local media.

According to the electoral laws, the aggrieved party has 21 days to present their petition to the court.

This will be the second time in the Fourth Republic, which began in 1992, that the result of a presidential election will be challenged in court.

In 2012, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who was a candidate for the New Patriotic Party (PNP), refused to yield to John Dramani Mahama and questioned the result in court.

After eight months, the Supreme Court rejected the petition and confirmed Mahama as the winner.

This time it’s the other way around, as Mahama is challenging the victory of the incumbent president, Akufo-Addo, who won in 2016.

The Supreme Court, in the new rules revealed just before the elections, will hear the petition in 42 days.

The EC declared Akufo-Addo the winner with approximately 51% of the votes, while Mahama was awarded approximately 47%.

In the parliamentary vote, the NDC and NPP each have 137 seats in the 275-member chamber, while an independent candidate also won one seat.

Both sides say they will dispute the results of a series of court seats.

Mr. Dafeamekpor pointed out that the EC, on several occasions, disobeyed the laws governing the conduct of elections.

Members of the NDC have been organizing demonstrations across the country to protest the “stolen verdict.” Police have banned all protests in Accra until January 10. Akufo-Addo will be inaugurated for his second term on January 7.

“If the EC is willing to comply with the law, that will end the matter. It is not about declaring the seat in our [NDC] Please, that’s not what we’re saying, ”Dafeamekpor said.

“They were saying [EC should] comply with the law. If you comply with the law and we are victorious, that’s fine. But he does not comply with the law and announces another candidate as the winner. No. “he added.

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