The National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its flagbearer, John Mahama, have formally filed a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome of the December 7, 2020, presidential elections.
The lawsuit follows weeks of street protests over alleged voter fraud and irregularities in the just-ended polls.
The suit was filed on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, by Mr. Mahama’s lawyers following the party‘s audit of the 2020 Presidential results “and extensive consultations with the National Executive Committee and Council of Elders of the party.”
In a statement, the NDC said the petition details “serious violations of the 1992 Constitution by the Electoral Commission and its Chairperson and Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa in the conduct of their constitutional and legal responsibilities.”
The petition seeks among others, a declaration from the Supreme Court to the effect that, “the purported declaration of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election on the 9th day of December 2020 is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”
The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo was declared winner of the election with 51.3 percent of the vote while the Mr. Mahama followed in the second position with 47.7 percent of valid votes cast.
However, the NDC refused to accept the results because of its claims of malfeasance in the polls.
One of the issues the opposition party raised during its protests has been alleged rigging in the Techiman South constituency which the party says could have pushed the polls to a runoff.
Mr. Mahama is expected to address the nation later today at 8 pm on the petition filed and other related matters.