EC is not Okomfo Anokye to conjure figures from the sky— Lawyer Tamakloe jabs
One of the spokesperson for the petitionerJohn Dramani Mahama in the election petition, Lawyer Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe has expressed displeasure in the manner the Supreme Court keeps dismissing their application for inspection of Electoral Commission’s (EC) election documents.
According to him, the EC has been inconsistent with its results projection and there was the need for them to know the actual figures she used in declaring Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, second respondent as the winner of the 2020 polls.
Speaking with the media after the hearing of the petition on the motion for inspection in Accra on Wednesday, Mr Tamakloe explained that the EC chairperson, Jean Mensa “is not Okomfo Anokye to conjure figures from the sky.”
He said they made the court realised that they were not certain about the figures EC used and were confused about how a state institution which has a mandate to ensue transparency and fairness in the discharge of its duties was being crooked in its dealings.
Mr Tamakloe noted that the consistent change of figures was obvious that the figures the first Respondent, EC has was different from what the petitioner was having and there was the need for court to approve their application for inspection.
He stated that the court disregarded the testimony given to the court by the petitioner’s second witness, Dr Kpessa-Whyte that the EC instructed them to leave the strongroom and also did not get access to some needed election materials that they had to file their complains about irregularities on.
Mr Tamakloe however hinted that what would happen on Friday would be a surprise as they have a new witness who will expose the EC and other misconducts and irregularities that erupted from the December 7 elections.
“Now something beautiful will happen on Friday and it will be a surprise. We have a strong case it will be proven on Friday when we sit on the matter,” he added.
Dismissal of Application
The legal team of Former President Mahama on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 filed an application to inspect some six documents of EC including pink sheets but the court refused to accept their application.
Explaining its decision, the seven-member panel stated that as stipulated by law, copies of the documents being requested were given to every candidate who participated in the 2020 general elections which the petitioner was included.
Justice Anin-Yeboah who read the decision indicated that the lawyer of the Petitioner, Mr Tsatsu Tsikata has so far failed to demonstrate that he has no copies of the documents in question.
Additionally, he said the proceedings so far showed that the Petitioner has all the copies of the documents, “the subject of this application.”
Consequently, the judges held that “no proper case has been made to warrant the exercise of their discretion in favour of the applicant.”
Citing legal references, to back their ruling, Justice Anin-Yeboah explained that so long as the authenticity of the documents in question of which the petitioner has a copy is not in doubt, they find no merit in upholding their request for the Electoral Commission to produce the original documents.
The case was subsequently adjourned to Friday February 5, 2021.