2020 Election Petition: Akufo-Addo’s law firm, EC file notice of appearance at Supreme Court

Two law firms, Amenuvor & Associates and Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co, have filed their notice of appearance, at the Supreme Court.

This is to inform the Apex Court that they will be representing the respondents in the election 2020 petition filed by the 2020 Presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, following his defeat in the said election.

Amenuvor & Associates represented by Justin Amenuvor will be the lead lawyer for the Electoral Commission (EC), who is the 1st respondent, while Akoto Ampaw from Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co, will be representing the 2nd respondent, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

According to the suit filed by Mr. John Dramani Mahama at the Apex Court, his lead attorney will be Lawyer Tony Lithur.

The filing of the “Notice of Appearance”, is in fulfillment of Article 64 of the 1992 Constitution and the Supreme Court Rules 1996, (C. I. 16) as amended by C. I. 74 and C. I. 99.

Background

The NDC’s flagbearer, John Mahama, on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, filed a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome of the December 7, 2020, presidential elections.

The lawsuit followed weeks of street protests by supporters of the party over alleged voter fraud and irregularities in the polls.

In a statement issued after the filing of the suit, the NDC said the petition details “serious violations of the 1992 Constitution by the Electoral Commission and its Chairperson and Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa in the conduct of their constitutional and legal responsibility.”

Mr. Mahama is therefore seeking a declaration from the Supreme Court to the effect that, “the purported declaration of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election on the 9th day of December 2020 is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”

The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo won the election with 51.3 percent of the vote while Mr. Mahama followed with 47.7 percent of valid votes cast.

However, the NDC has refused to accept the results because of its claims of malfeasance in the polls.

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