Another Bad News For Mahama And Tsatsu Tsikata As Supreme Court Dismisses Application To Reopen Case

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Supreme Court denies John Dramani Mahama and Tsatsu Tsikata the mandate to subpoena the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana, Mrs. Jean Mensah Adukwei into the witness box for cross examination.

The Supreme Court sat today, February 16, 2021 to hear the petition filed and brought before the Court by the petitioner and former President John Dramani Mahama.

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During the hearing, the court finally ruled on the application filed by the petitioner to be granted a leave to reopen his case after closing it.

Prior to the hearing, the Lawyer for the petitioner, Tsatsu Tsikata had stated that, the petitioner closed his case for the fact that, he was under the impression, the 1st Respondent [Electoral Commission] would present a witness to be interrogated.

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However, the application was strongly objected by Justin Amenuvor of the 1st Respondent and Laywer Akoto Ampaw of 2nd Respondent.

This contentious issue triggered a longstanding tussle between the lawyers forcing the court to adjourn the case for ruling to be made on today.

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At today’s hearing, a bad news has hit Mahama and his legal team as the Supreme Court finally dismissed the application to reopen the case.

The Chief Justice Annin Yeboah cited several precedent cases and legal provisions to back the decision of the court.

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Obviously, this decision did not go down with Tsatsu Tsikata but he expressed his gratitude to the Court over the decision.

The reopening of the case would allow the former president, the petitioner in the case to subpoena the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, into the witness box for cross-examination.

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Mensa, the returning officer in the disputed 2020 presidential elections was expected to mount the witness box to be cross-examined by the lawyers for the petitioner.