ACCRA, 20 January 2021 – Lawyers for Ghana’s opposition who seek a re-run of the last presidential election say the date fixed by the supreme court for hearing the matter is too soon.
The court on Tuesday asked Ghana’s president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo and runner-up John Mahama to submit witness statements by Thursday afternoon
The supreme court said ti will start hearing the case next Tuesday, January 26.
The court explained that it needed to stick t the tight deadlines in order to hear the case within the 42-day deadline prescribed by Ghanaian law.
Lawyers for the runners-up John Mahama said the court was sacrifice speed for justice.
Akufo-Addo was declared winner of the December 7, 2020 presidential ballot with 51.59 percent of the votes cast.
John Mahama, a former president of Ghana, obtained 47.37 recent of the vote.
The NDC of John Mahama, which seeks a re-run of the election and has alleged vote rigging, has not provided evidence of the allegations.
The supreme court, by law, has only 42 days from the day when hearings begin to when it must issue a ruling.
Only one Ghanaian presidential election has been challenged before the Supreme Court.
In 2012, the challenger and runner-up in the presidential election who brought the case before the nation’s Supreme Court was Akufo-Addo, seeking a re-run of elections in which John Mahama was declared winner.