SC orders lawyers to file closing statements to end the Election Petition  
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SC orders lawyers to file closing statements to end the Election Petition  

SC orders lawyers to file closing statements to end the Election Petition

SC orders lawyers to file closing statements to end the Election Petition

The Supreme Court has ordered lawyers for the parties in the Election Petition case to file their closing statements by the close of Wednesday 17, 2021.

This directive was announced by the Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah in court on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

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In making the orders, Justice Anin-Yeboah asked the counsel to file the addresses simultaneously.

“By court, per the ruling just read, the respective cases of the 1st and 2nd respondents are deemed closed.”

“This court hereby orders that the parties herein shall simultaneously file their respective closing addresses on or before Wednesday, February 17, 2021. The petition is hereby adjourned to Thursday, February 18, 2021, for counsel in this petition to highlight on the written addresses or submissions so far for the petition to be adjourned for judgement,” he said.

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The petitioner, John Dramani Mahama, says he will formally subpoena the Electoral Commission (EC) Chair, Jean Mensa in order to cross examine her.

The announcement by Tsatsu Tsikata comes on the back of a ruling by the Supreme Court that the EC Chair cannot be compelled to testify in the ongoing election petition hearing.

The apex court in a unanimous decision on Thursday, February 11, upheld a joint application by the 1st and 2nd Respondents not to call their witnesses.

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Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah who read the ruling said the apex court does not wish to extend its mandate beyond those allowed by law.

This according to him is because the court has no say in whether a party should testify or not and cannot compel a witness to mount the witness box.

“We are minded to state that our jurisdiction invoked in this election petition is a limited jurisdiction clearly circumscribed by law.

We do not intend to extend our mandate beyond what the law requires of us in such petitions brought under Article 64 (1) challenging the validity of the election of a president.”

“Simply put, we are not convinced, and we will not yield to the invitation being extended to us by counsel for the petitioner to order the respondent to enter the witness box to be cross-examined.

“Accordingly, we hereby overrule the objection raised by the counsel for the petitioner against the decision of the respondents declining to adduce evidence in this petition,” he added.

But reacting to this, Mr Tsikata who is the lead counsel for Mr Mahama said he will file a motion to formally reopen the case so he can subpoena the EC Chair.

The seven-member panel of judges made up of the Chief Justice, Anin-Yeboah; Justices Yaw Appau, Marful Sau, Professor Ashie Kotei, Mariama Owusu, Nene Amegatcher, and Gertrude Tokonor ordered the parties to simultaneously present their closing address before February 17, 2021.

The court adjourned sitting to Thursday, February 18, to hear the written addresses.

Former President Mahama is at the Supreme Court asking for a re-run of the December 7 Presidential elections.

According to the former President, the votes obtained by New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, President Nana Akufo-Addo, and himself in the December 7, election as declared by the EC Chair were not enough for a candidate to be declared winner.

The former President argued that if all the valid votes for all the candidates who contested the election were put together, it would total “13,121,111, a figure that is completely missing from the purported declaration by Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa on December 9, and the purported rectification on December 10.”

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