NDC admits John Mahama got 47% in elections, demands for refund of filing fees

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has written to the Electoral Commission to demand for a refund of Presidential and Parliamentary filing fees of the 2020 General Elections.

Ahead of the Supreme Court judgment of the Elections Petition, a letter signed by the NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia in which he admits that the NDC obtained 47.396% in the Presidential elections and requested for a refund in 269 constituencies.

In the letter addressed to the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, the NDC cited Regulations 46(1) of the C.I 127 which spells out the conditions for a refund or forfeiture of deposits  made by Presidential or Parliamentary Candidates.

According to the C.I, “A Presiential or Parliamentary candidate must obtain a minimum of 25% and 12.5% respectively in a General Election to qualify for a refund.”

The attachment which showed the regional breakdown for the refund of parliamentary filing fees, also clearly indicated that the party wants its GCB Bank account to be credited with the filing fees for the Presidential elections having obtained 47% of the votes.

This is in clear contradiction to John Mahama’s petition before the Electoral Commission in which he’s challenging the results of the 2020 General Elections as declared by the Madam Jean Mensa, the Electoral Commissioner.

The crust of the petitioner’s case is that the results as declared by Madam Jean Mensa were invalid and that none of the candidates obtained the mandatory 50% + 1 as indicated in the constitution hence the need for the elections to be re-run.

The Supreme Court has fixed Thursday, March 4, 2021 as the judgement day for the 2020 presidential election petition.

Below is the NDC’s letter to the Electoral Commission and the attachments:

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