Ghana will, from today, witness the adjudication of a presidential election petition to determine whether or not President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the validly elected President of the Republic.
It is challenging the declaration of President Akufo-Addo as the winner of the 2020 presidential election and is the second presidential election petition in the history of the country, after the first one in 2012.
The petitioner, former President John Dramani Mahama, is essentially asking the Supreme Court to order the Electoral Commission (EC) to organise a second election (run-off) between him (Mahama) and President Akufo-Addo because in Mahama’s estimation, no candidate won the 2020 presidential election.
The apex court is, therefore, the stage where lawyers for the three main protagonists, former President John Mahama (petitioner), the EC (first respondent) and President Akufo-Addo (2nd respondent) will contest the results.
Lead lawyers for the three parties are expected to be Mr Tony Lithur for former President Mahama, Mr Akoto Ampaw for President Akufo-Addo and Mr Justine Amenuvor for the EC.
Information available to the Daily Graphic indicates that the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, is likely to empanel a seven-member panel.
If the Chief Justice elects to be a member of the panel, he will preside over the panel.
The hearing of the petition will be broadcast live on Ghana Television (GTV).
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