The Secretary-General of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) argued that the EC Chairperson, Madam Jean Mensa was biased about exercising her position in connection with the December 7 polls.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia argues that the prejudice of Jean Mensa was the product of her “close family relationship” with First LadyRebecca Akufo-Addo, thewife of the second respondent.
President Akufo-Addo is the second respondent in the election petition filed by the 2020 NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama.
Mr. Nketia has made these allegations in his witness statement, which he submitted in support of the request of Mr. Mahama.
“The Chairperson of 1st Respondent, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, allowed herself to be biased by her prejudice in favour of the 2nd Respondent, who appointed her in August 2018 and with whose wife Mrs Jean Adukwie Mensa has a close familial relationship. Mrs Mensa was thus , at all material times in the conduct of the her responsibilities, biased by prejudice in favour of the 2nd Respondent and against the Petitioner,” Mr Nketia said in his witness statement.
He further told the court that there has never been any election in which the 1st Respondent, the EC has admitted a catalogue of errors than in the 2020 presidential elections.
“In no previous Presidential Election in the Fourth Republic of Ghana has there been such a catalogue of admitted errors as in what happened after the 7th December 2020 Presidential elections.
“In all previous Presidential Elections, results collated at each constituency collation centre were transmitted directly by fax from 1st Respondent’s regional offices (without collation), to what is usually referred to as the ‘strongroom’ at its head office in Accra, and handed over to the representatives of the candidates, for them to scrutinize and then certify.
“In those previous Presidential Elections, when 1st Respondent declared the final results, they were based on the collated results from the constituencies which were duly certified by representatives of the candidates in the strong room.”
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