The hearing of the petition is ongoing and Ghanaians are anticipating as the day for the final judgement inches closer. Recall, Mahama who lost the just ended presidential election is contesting the final results announced by the EC and has filed a petition to get the results reversed. He argues that, none of the candidates secured more than the required votes to win the elections and prays the Court to annul and conduct a rerun between himself and NPP’s Nana Akuffo Addo.
During Day 11 of the hearing, the third witness for Mr. Mahama, Mr. Robert Joseph Mettle-Nunoo mounted the witness box and was grilled by the lead Counsels for the 1st and 2nd Respondents. Ghanaians also saw a longstanding legal tussle between Tsatsu Tsikata and the Judges on the elections for Jean Mensah to testify or otherwise.
NDC Member of Parliament for Bolga East who doubles as a spokesperson for Mahama’s legal team, Dr. Dominic Ayine has made a bold declaration concerning the ongoing elections petition at the Supreme Court. He indicated that, order 36 rule 4 makes it mandatory for the Chairperson of the 1st Respondent who had earlier filed a witness statement to mount the witness box.
Dr. Ayine Ayine speaking in an interview on JoyNews PM Express hosted by Evans Mensah made a bold declaration registering his displeasure over the statement from the lawyer for EC, Justin Amenuvor. He indicated that, the rule makes it imperative for Jean Mensah to be interrogated by the Court.
He said; “You have indicated to the Court that you are going to testify and you have put in a witness statement which is deemed by law to be your evidence in Chief. Then, all of a sudden you are speaking about election not to testify. That cannot happen in Ghana”
“You have made that election already; You have elected to testify. So, as far as order 36 rule 4 which was cited is concerned there is no election to be made.”
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