Jean Mensa can’t hide behind ‘human rights’ to evade witness box— NDC lawyer
Former Attorney General and Spokesperson for the petitioner, Marrietta Brew Appiah-Oppong has stated that the the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, is obliged to mount the witness box to testify in the election petition case being heard by the Supreme Court.
According to her, Mrs Mensa can’t hide behind “human rights” to evade the witness box.
Speaking in a media interview after the court sitting in Accra on Tuesday, Ms Appiah-Oppong indicated that a move to ‘evade’ testifying could not be classed as a human rights issue.
She was specifically referring to a question in court by one of the female justices as to whether the EC did not have the right to change her mind from mounting the witness box to testify.
The EC chairperson was widely expected to mount the witness box this week but the court is currently arguing on whether or not she would testify.
“The issue was raised whether it is a human rights issue, this is the EC chair, a body created by the constitution which has an obligation to account to us.”
“The EC cannot hide under human rights to say that she can’t respond to us. So I disagree with her ladyship, that it is not a human rights issue. It is not a human rights issue, they are obliged,” Ms Appiah-Oppong lamented.
Counsel of the EC, Mr Justin Amenuvor told the court that they did not intend to call any witness, a position advanced by the second respondent’s lawyers.
Jean Mensa can’t hide behind ‘human rights’
However, Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, lawyer for the petitioner, however, argued that there were reasons for the EC chair to be cross-examined.
The court on Wednesday heard oral arguments on the issue whether or not Ms Mensa could be compelled to testify.
After arguments from the petitioner’s lawyer and the first and second respondents lawyers the supreme Court adjourned the case to Thursday, February 12 to rule on the issue.