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Election Petition: Judgement on March 4

By Reporter
Election Petition: Judgement on March 4
LISTEN FEB 22, 2021

The Supreme Court hearing the election petition case filed by former President John Dramani Mahama has set March 4 for final judgement.

This was after weeks-long arguments and dismissals, and counter press conferences over the matter.

The Supreme Court panel today dismissed John Mahama application for a review of an earlier ruling stopping him from reopening his case.

This is the fourth casualty the petitioner has suffered in the ongoing election petition hearing.

Mahama through his lawyers had written to the Supreme Court arguing that the apex court made fundamental errors in its earlier ruling.

He prayed the court to reconsider his new arguments and depart from its earlier ruling.

“I am advised by counsel and verily believe the court made fundamental errors of law including the ruling being per incuriam of constitutional provisions, statutes and previous decisions of the Supreme Court.”

“Among these errors, I am advised by counsel and verily believe is an error whereby the courts subordinates a provision in the Evidence Act to a rule in subsidiary legislation by the Rules of Court Committee,” the application added.

The court had earlier in its ruling read by the Chief Justice Anim-Yeboah explained that the legal team of the petitioner failed to justify why they should be allowed to reopen the case therefore “We accordingly refuse that application”.

The Petitioner wants to reopen his case in other to subpoena the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensah, to testify as an adverse witness.

The lead counsel for the petitioner had said they closed their case hoping that Jean Mensah would mount the witness box to testify after having submitted a witness statement telling the court she will be available for cross-examination.

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