ACCRA, 5 March 2021 – Ghana’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the restuls of last December’s presidential election, leading to mixed reactions from the two main candidates.
Opposition leader and runner-up in the election, John Mahama, disagreed with the process and ruling on his petition challenging the election outcome.
”On Thrusday 4th March 2021, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous ruling affirmed my victory in the presidential election of 7 December 2020”, read a tweet from President Nana Akufo-Addo.
The court ruled that Mahama failed to prove that none of the candidates garnered more than 50 percent of the votes cast, as is required in order to win the presidential ballot in a first round of voting.
Running as the flag bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Mahama was credited with 47.4 percent of the votes cast compared to Nana Akufo-Addo who won 51.6 percent of the vote.
The court dismissed allegations of irregularities made in the petition by Mahama who had pleaded with the court to order a rerun of the election.
Mahama said he was disappointed that the head of Ghana’s electoral commission, Jean Mensa, did not testify on alleged irregularities.
A former Ghanaian president from 24 July 2012 to 7 January 2017, Mahama admitted Friday that he is legally bound by the decision of the country’s top court.
“The sun may have set on our hopes for the just-ended elections today but it will rise again tomorrow and will illuminate our path to a better outcome the next time round,” Mahama told party members in Accra Thursday.
His petition had called on the Supreme Court to declare the results unconstitutional, null and void.
The ruling Thursday by the Supreme Court that the declaration of the results was legal and represented the will of the Ghanaian people, closes any further legally meaningful debate on the matter.
Akufo-Addo faces a hung parliament after his ruling New Patriotic Party and the NDC both got 137 seats.
An independent MP who caucuses with the NPP gives the party a one-seat majority in parliament.