Supreme Court grants motion by Mahama to correct errors in Petition
The motion by President John Dramani Mahama for amendment of the petition filed has been granted.
The former president asked the apex court
to allow him to correct an ‘error’ in one of his reliefs (relief f) in which he “inadvertently” referred to the EC (first respondent) instead of President Akufo-Addo (second respondent).
In relief (f), the petitioner is seeking an order from the court directed at the first respondent (EC) to organise a second election between him (petitioner) and the first respondent (EC).
It is based on this error that he asked the court to allow him to change the relief (f) to an order directed at the first respondent (EC) to organize a second election between him and the second respondent (President Akufo-Addo).
He has been given till 4pm today to effect the correction.
The respondents have also been asked to make any corrections and respond accordingly by the deadline given.
The EC and Akufo-Addo’s legal teams opposed the request to correct mistakes because they say there was a mistake in the request itself.
They argued that instead of reading motion to amend petition it read the motion to amend writ and petition.
The court however said it does not affect the nature of the case so it granted it.
Mr. Mahama in his petition filed is arguing that the results announced by Mrs. Mensa on December 9, 2020, showed that no candidate garnered more than 50percentt of the total valid votes cast, as required by Article 63(3) of the 1992 Constitution.
According to him, the EC Chairperson announced the total valid votes cast as 13,434,574, minus the results of Techiman South, with President Akufo-Addo obtaining 6,730,413 of the votes, representing 51.595 per cent of the votes, while he (Mahama) got 6,214,889, representing 47.366 per cent of the votes.
He avers that the percentage for President Akufo-Addo minus Techiman South ought to be 50.098 per cent and not 51.595 per cent, as announced by the EC Chairperson.
He also argued that his percentage minus Techiman South should be 46.26 per cent and not 47.366 per cent.
The panel of judges, are Chief Justice Anin Yeboah, Justices Yaw Appau, Marful Sai, Nene Amegatcher, Prof. Kotey, Mariama Owusu, and Gertrude Torkonoo.