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Election petition: Mahama should file for review If he has a case – Mac Manu

The 2020 campaign manager for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peter Mac Manu says former President John Mahama should consider filling a review if he disagrees with the Supreme Court dismissal of his election petition.

Mac Manu said if the former President who was contesting the validity of the Electoral Commission’s (EC) declaration of the 2020 presidential election has a case to overturn the ruling he should not concede.

The former President filed a suit at the apex court against the Electoral Commission and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, demanding a re-run after official results gave him 47.36 per cent of the vote, against 51.59 per cent for his rival Nana Akufo-Addo.

He accused the electoral commission of inflating the vote tally in favour of the incumbent President.

But after three months of legal battle, the 7-member bench headed by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah unanimously dismissed the lawsuit brought before them.

“(The) allegation of vote padding was not proved by credible evidence… we have therefore no reason to order for a re-run,” Chief Justice Kwesi Anin Yeboah said while reading the judgment of the apex court.

“We accordingly dismiss the petition as having no merit.”

Speaking to Metro TV’s Henry Badu after the court proceedings on Thursday, March 4, 2021, Mac Manu noted the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has the constitutional right to seek a review.

“The review is part of the process, okay? So, if he thinks that he still has a case, that will ultimately be addressed by the review, why not? That is the rule of law he has the opportunity, so, I will not fault him if he chooses that path,” the 2020 campaign manager for the NPP averred.

‘On the other hand, if he chooses to accept and let sleeping dogs lie.”

By; Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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