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Mahama’s motion to amend errors in election petition granted

Mahama’s motion to amend errors in election petition granted

- John Mahama has asked the apex court for an opportunity to correct his petition before it

- He erroneously asked for the rerun of the 2020 presidential race between him and the EC

- He has up to 4 pm to correct the error

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The Supreme Court has granted John Mahama’s request to amend some errors in his petition challenging the outcome of the 2020 presidential race.

In his petition, Mahama mistakenly asked the Court to order a rerun of the election between him and the Electoral Commission (EC) instead of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Supreme Court grants Mahama’s motion to amend errors in election petition

Supreme Court grants Mahama’s motion to amend errors in election petition Image credit: John Dramani Mahama
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In granting the motion for the amendment, the court held that the typographical errors sought to be corrected materially did not affect the substance of the case.

The former president has up to 4 pm, today, Thursday, January 14, 2021, to amend his petition at the court while Akufo-Addo and the EC were given up to Friday, January 15, 2021, to file their amended response.

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The case was adjourned to Tuesday, January 19, 2021, for a pre-trial to commence.

Akufo-Addo won the elections, according to the results, declared by the Electoral Commission (EC).

He collected 51.302% of the votes to defeat Mahama, who polled 43.359%.

The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.

On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, Mahama filed the petition to challenge the outcome, a decision he said was borne out of principle rather than an “insatiable desire for power.”

He wants a re-run of the elections between him and Akufo-Addo, claiming that there was no winner contrary to the EC declaration.

In other news, Andrew Asiamah Amoako officially said he will align with the NPP Caucus in Parliament.

Throw out Mahama’s incompetent, vexatious petition - Akufo-Addo to Supreme Court

The independent MP for Fomena made his association with the NPP formal in a letter to the Speaker, Alban Bagbin.

It comes on the back of endless debate and tension as to which side will form the majority in the eighth Parliament.

His declaration is expected to put an end to the fight over who occupies the majority side in the House.

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