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A Possible Re-run Of Presidential Election Won By Incumbent In Ghana As Done In Kenya And Malawi?

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This has been the second time Ghana has experience difficulty and rejection of an elections result declared by the Electoral Commission Of Ghana in the fourth Republic of Ghana. It first happened in the year 2012 where the then opposition leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo rejected the elections won by the then incumbent, John Dramani Mahama.

According to them in 2012, “We will not accept the results as it stands now because we have already established that the results as they stand now are fraudulent, We are not going to take our matter to the streets, but we will take our matters to the Supreme Court. We are gathering robust evidence to support our case in the Supreme Court.” This was made known to the public by the then chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP). 

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Seeking for an overturn of vote in Ghana’s Supreme Court, The NPP couldn’t meet their aim as the Supreme Court dismissed their appeal to annul John Mahama’s narrow victory in 2012’s disputed election.

However, NPP leader Nana Akufo-Addo who was disappointed but accepted the verdict urged his supporters to do likewise.

Note: Prior to the then opposition, NPP challenging john Mahama’s victory in 2012, no opposition party in any African country had ever succeeded in challenging an incumbent and won the case in Supreme Court leading to a rerun of elections.

Table has turn and John Mahama Who is now the opposition leader is said to challenge Nana Addo Over his 2020 Elections victor In Court over reason of fraudulent election.

Question circulating is will John Mahama win this court case for a rerun of election in Ghana for the first time in the history of our democracy? This is because, Publicly the electoral commission has contradicted themselves severally in their own final result declared on December 9th as they’ve done changes in the result declared as compared to that of 2012 when the NPP rejected the elections outcome.

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Another Reason is, two African countries – Kenya and Malawi have set an example for their peers across the continent as opposition parties won elections petitions against incumbents in court leading to a rerun of elections.

Malawi for instant set an example that uphold the centrality of the rule of law and separation of powers at a time when standards of democratic governance are under threat in Africa.

The historic rerun of Malawi’s presidential election got the opposition a victory, the first time a court-overturned vote in Africa has led to the defeat of an incumbent leader.

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Lazarus Chakwera’s victory was a result of months of determined street protests and a unanimous constitutional court decision that the May 2019 vote had widespread irregularities and could not stand.

Chakwera won with 2.6 million votes out of 4.4 million cast.

Since an African country has been able to overturn a vote, Will this happen in Ghana following how the elections outcome has been charged??

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