Says they went to court without figures as collation system crashed
General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who is seeking to become Chairman of the party Johnson Asiedu-Nketia has revealed that the party challenged the 2020 election results in the Supreme Court without any credible collated figures.
IT system for collation crashed
According to him, the IT system the party used to collate results of the 2020 elections crashed after collating results of five regions.
Claims of victory fueled protest by NDC supporters
This revelation is shocking because the NDC made claims of winning the elections and their supporters poured onto the streets nearly throwing the country into chaos.
Supreme Court judges denigrated
Based on the claims of winning the elections, party leaders and supporters made denigrating statements against Supreme Court judges.
Leaked audio recording
In a leaked audio recording of Asiedu-Nketia addressing party faithful as part of his campaign for chairmanship, he revealed that following the crash of the system, the NDC did not have collated figures to determine whether the party indeed won the elections or not.
He said when the decision was taken to challenge the results at the Supreme Court; the party resorted to manual collation of results across Ghana using pink sheets.
According to him, at the time he mounted the witness box at the Supreme Court, the collated results available did not support their case of victory and using such figures will disgrace the NDC.
He disclosed that he did not present the figures to the Supreme Court because it will bring shame and disgrace to him as the star witness and NDC as a party.
With no empirical figures to back their case, he said it was decided that the case be sent to Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata for his advice.
According to Asiedu-Nketia, after reviewing the manually collated figures, Lawyer Tsikata handed the documents back to them and said that if that is the evidence they are taking to court, then they should look for another lawyer.
The incumbent NDC General Secretary said Lawyer Tsikata told them that the Electoral Commission (EC) had breached several rules and laws.
With that in mind, he stated that Lawyer Tsikata was of the view that evidence of NDC’s victory may be found on EC’s biometric verification machines.
In light of this, Asiedu-Nketia disclosed that Lawyer Tsikata was of the view that NDC should argue their case on EC’s breaches hoping that when EC chair Jean Mensa mounts the witness box and is ordered to submit information on biometric verification machines, then the truth about whether NDC won or lost the elections could be established.
The aspiring Chairman therefore promises to leverage on NDC’s membership of Socialist International to seek assistance from member countries to help the NDC with ICT systems to collate results.
Supreme Court dismisses petition
The Supreme Court in a unanimous judgment dismissed the election petition saying it has no reason to order a re-run of the 2020 presidential election.
The Election Petition was filed by Mr John Dramani Mahama, challenging the declaration of Nana Akufo-Addo as the winner of the election.
Petition lacked merit
The seven-member panel presided over by the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, said the petition lacked merit.
Crucial issues of relevance not established
The court was of the view that the crucial issues of relevance had not been established by the petitioner.
Petitioner failed to provide any evidence
The judgment pointed out that the petitioner failed to provide any evidence to prove that the declaration by the EC Chairperson, Mrs Jean Mensa, who was the Returning Officer and had some errors, which was eventually corrected, affected the results of the election.
NDC did not provide counter figures
The court said the petitioner’s legal team led by Tsikata did not present any data to counter the figures announced by the EC Chairperson.
Testimonies of petition witnesses were of no relevance to the petition
The court further said the testimonies of the three petition witnesses (NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia, representatives in the EC strong room Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte and Robert Joseph Rojo Mettle-Nunoo) were of no relevance to the petition.