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The Supreme Court has scheduled Tuesday January 26, 2021 for the hearing of the petition filed by 2020 Presidential Candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama.

The case which begun its Pre-trial on January 19, 2021 would end on January 25, 2021 for the hearing to begin. The Pre-trial which is a five-day conference, is meant to address petty issues and organize proceedings in a manner that is convenient for all parties and will expedite the process of the main trial—the hearing. It is the stage where the parties i.e. the petitioner and the respondents agree or disagree on issues towards the hearing. Documents to be depended on in the process are made available to both parties during this trial.

The Petitioner, John Mahama and his witnesses are expected to file their witness statement with exhibits if any by noon of tomorrow January 21 2020. The respondents on the other hand are expected to file their responds to witness statement by noon of Thursday January 22, 2021 with exhibits if any.

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The Election Petition was filed by John Mahama and the NDC following their dissatisfaction with the Electoral Commission’s declaration of Nana Akufo-Addo as winner of the December 7, 2020 Presidential Elections.

According to John Mahama and his party, Nana Akufo-Addo failed to meet the requisite number of votes to be declared the winner.

The former President is therefore seeking annulment of the election results for a rerun between himself the pronounced winner, Nana Akufo-Addo.

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