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Supreme Court ruling is an existential threat to Ghana’s democracy —Former president Mahama

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Supreme Court ruling is an existential threat to Ghana’s democracy —Former president Mahama

Former president and flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress John Dramani Mahama in the 2020 elections, has registered his disagreement with the ruling of the Supreme Court on the Election Petition.

In a press conference addressing the general  public onThursday evening few hours after the final verdict of the Supreme court, the former President said, he is legally bound to accept the ruling of the Supreme Court, but he does not agree the final judgement.

“As much as I am aware that we are legally bound by the decision of the Supreme Court, I personally disagree with the processes and the ruling of the Supreme Court,” said Mr. Mahama

 

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The former President also stated that the legal manoeuvre adopted by the lawyers of the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jean Mensa, to prevent her from testifying and accounting to the people of Ghana sets a bad precedent for the future and does not inspire confident hence has no reason to be in office

Mr Mahama said the electoral Commission must remain neutral arbiter and did not have to position herself at a place to pronounce dubious vicory for a political party.

 

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Mr Mahama though was unhappy with the Supreme Court justices for taking out of context the evidence provided by his three witnesses said, he blame the ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP under which Jane Mensah is appointed to office
According to him, the ruling of the Supreme court is an existential threat to Ghana’s democracy
A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed former President John Mahama’s suit challenging the 2020 election results.

In reading the judgment on Thursday, March 4, 2020, Chief Justice, Anim Yeboah stated that the petitioner failed to prove his case beyond a reasonable doubt. He added that the errors announced by the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jean Mensa, which were subsequently corrected cannot be used to invalidate the election.

 

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According to the Supreme Court, the errors announced by Jean Mensa did not adversely affect any of the candidates in the 2020 elections. The Supreme Court also held that the petitioner failed to adduce enough evidence to merit a re-run between himself and President Akufo-Addo.

Source: John Amarquaye
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