Spokesperson for the petitioner’s legal team, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong has stated that the announced presidential results later rectified by the Chairperson of Electoral Commission (EC) were never gazetted.
Speaking at a press briefing after the Supreme Court hearing on Thursday, she indicated that there was only one declaration and gazette of the 2020 Presidential election, thus the December 9 declaration.
The gazetted results according to Marietta Brew, were never revised or revoked after the EC corrected the figures for the presidential results.
“There is only one declaration, 9 December declaration. There were purported corrections, have you seen any gazette or notification dated on the any of the purported corrections, there is only one, 9th December and the C.I. 135 talks about a declaration of 9th December.”
The law mandates the Commission to gazette the results of every presidential election after it has declared a winner.
On December 10, 2020, a day after the declaration of the presidential results by Jean Mensa, the 2020 general election results were gazetted at the Assembly Press in Accra.
The EC chair also made some corrections on the total valid votes put out during the declaration of results on December 9.
Jean Mensa declared the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo as the President-elect based on a total of 13,433,573 valid votes instead of 13,119,460.
Madam Appiah-Oppong, however, revealed that based on evidence, both the Petitioner and President Akufo-Addo did not get more than 50% of the valid votes.
“The evidence that has been given points simply to the fact that the declaration of 9 December is null and void, none of the two candidates got more than the 50% of the valid votes.”
She further stressed that Jean Mensa is the only person who can defend the conflicting numbers of the 2020 presidential election and must account for the anomalies seen in the December polls.
“There are questions that we put to her that only she can answer nobody can answer, irrespective of what case we’ve put before the court, there are questions in relation to this case that she alone must answer.”
Meanwhile the Supreme Court today ruled out on the cross-examination of Jean Mensa.
The legal team of the petitioner, however, disagree with the decision of the apex court, and will hence file an application for a review of the ruling by the 7-member panel of judges.
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