The Supreme Court of Ghana has set March 4, 2021, as the Judgement Day for the 2020 Election Petition filed by John Mahama the NDC presidential candidate for the December 7, 2020, election.
The Supreme Court after several days of court sitting has set out five issues for determination after listening to arguments based on the petition and responses from both Respondents.
Here are the 5 key issues that will determine judgement on 4th March 2021:
1. Whether or not the petition discloses any cause of action – that is if there are any legal grounds for the petition.
2. Whether or not the second respondent [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] met the Article 63 (3) threshold of the 1992 Constitution – this constitutional provision states that a presidential candidate must obtain more than 50 per cent of the total valid votes cast to be declared President-elect.
3. Whether or not the 2nd respondent [Nana Akufo-Addo] still met Article 63(3) of the 1992 threshold by the exclusion or inclusion of the Techiman South Constituency presidential election results.
4. Whether or not the declaration by the first respondent’s Chairperson (the EC’s Jean Mensa) on December 9 of the presidential election conducted on December 7 was in violation of Article 63(3) of the 1992 Constitution.
5. Whether or not the alleged vote padding and other errors complained of by the petitioner affected the outcome of the presidential election results of 2020.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has permitted the petitioner to file his closing address on Tuesday, even though the two Respondents have filed theirs already.