ACCRA, 15 January 2021 – The hearing of the case for a re-run of Ghana’s presidential election was delayed Thursday by a typo in the court papers submitted by the applicant, defeated presidential candidate John Mahama.
Instead of calling for a re-run between President Nana Akufo-Addo and John Mahama, the papers called for a re-run between John Mahama and Ghana’s Electoral Commission.
Incumbent Akufo-Addo was declared winner of the ballot with 51.6 percent of the votes cast.
His challenger, John Mahama, was credited with 47.4 percent of the votes cast.
Mahama, who previously served as Ghanaian president, alleges in the petition that the election was marred by widespread irregularities.
Ghana’s election commission has described the allegation of irregularities as “fact-free”.
Akufo-Addo has agreed with the election commission, concurring that the petition by Mahama is both “incompetent” and “lacking merit”.
Before adjourning the beginning of hearing to Friday, Ghana’s ruled in favor of Mahama’s petition for the court proceedings to be broadcast live on television.