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‘Can I Answer You One At A Time’ – How Tsikata Ended Up ‘Lecturing’ The Supreme Court Yesterday

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Exchanges between lead counsel for the petitioner in the 2020 Presidential Election Petition hearing, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata, and some justices on the bench hearing the petition in Supreme Court bench, escalated to a point where Tsikata had to demand to answer a question at a time.

Mr. Tsikata was arguing his case as to why the 1st and 2nd Respondents cannot close their cases without further adducing evidence as they moved motions to do on Monday, February 8.

Lawyers for the 1st and 2nd Respondents on Monday moved motions to close their cases without calling further witnesses after the petitioner had close his close following the discharge of his 3rd witness.

Mr. Tsikata raised an objection against the applications and insisted the chair of the 1st Respondent EC must enter the witness box and be cross-examined.

The court fixed Tuesday for all parties to advanced their legal arguments for the court to decide on.

However, there was a dramatic encounter when Mr. Tsikata took his turn to make his arguments.

For the most parts of his arguments, members of the bench interjected either to seek clarity or to draw his attention to something he may have overlooked. It got to a point where Mr. Tsikata was answering a question posed to him by one of the Justices. While at it, another Justice asked him another question. A seemly incensed Tsikata demanded he is allowed to answer one question at a time.

“Please, can I answer to you one at a time!”, he demanded.

He then proceeded to make his arguments insisting the EC chair must enter the witness box to testify to her witness statement that she signed.

Source: GhanaPoliticsOnline

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Election Petition Final Address: EC Admits It Made Errors In Final Declaration

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The lawyers of the Electoral Commission (EC), first respondent in the ongoing petition hearing say it is unfortunate that they were dragged to court by the NDC’s 2020 Presidential Candidate, John Mahama.

According to them, the harmless mistake made by EC boss, Jean Mensah while declaring the election results on December 9 had no bearing on the outcome of the election which has triggered the petition.

They further stated that the former President has failed to provide any evidence whatsoever to challenge the election results and for that matter, the declaration of the result and hence, they are calling on the court to dismiss the petitioner’s case.

The submission is contained in the written closing address filed by the lawyers in compliance with the Supreme Court’s orders.

Source: MyJoyOnline

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Mahama’s Petition Is So Weak, It Shouldn’t Have Been Heard – Akoto Ampaw’s Final Address To The Supreme Court

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Lawyers for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo have prayed the Supreme Court to dismiss the Petitioner’s case as it discloses no reasonable cause of action.

President Nana Addo said “our submission is that the petition is frivolous and discloses no reasonable cause of action remains unshaken, notwithstanding the evidence led in aid of the Petition.

In fact, the woeful performance of the Petitioner’s witnesses during their respective cross-examination has further buttressed our position that the instant Petition with all due respect, ought not to have proceeded to trial.”

In the second respondent’s closing address filed at the Supreme Court, Nana Addo said the Election Petition was one that in all shape and form relate to an attack on the process for the conduct of the presidential election itself.

“In the instant matter, it is clear on the face of the Petition and indeed the evidence of Mr. Asiedu Nketia in particular that the Petitioner was not in court to challenge the validity of the election but the case concerns the performance of the function 1st respondent (EC) and its Chairperson pertaining to the declaration of the Presidential election of December 2020, shows that the petition is not an election Petition properly so-called.”

The second respondent argued that from the Petitioner’s reliefs he did not contest the propriety of the conduct of the elections hence his call for another election between him and the Petitioner.

According to the second respondent even though from the reliefs of the Petitioner that, no one had 50 percent of the total number of valid votes cast in the Election and there seek a ” second election with the Petitioner and the second respondent as a candidate…”, the Petitioner did not indicate his percentage or number of votes in the December 7, 2020 polls.

“Not having pleaded these fundamental material facts and no evidence having been led on same, it is our humble submission that this Petition does not qualify to be an election Petition.”

Incidentally, the Petitioner has also not contested any of the EC processes when it’s come to the process of voting, counting of votes, and declaration of results at polling stations among others.

The second respondent says that, the instant Petition belongs to the class of actions that could be best described as “suits challenging the declaration” rather than the validity of the election itself.

“The court is invited to hold that no challenge of the conduct of the election is stated from paragraph one to 30 of the Petitioner’s Petition.

Nana Addo held that Article 64 (1) of the Constitution set out the criteria for the invocation of the Supreme Court’s original jurisdiction on the conduct of a presidential election.

“The Supreme Court, therefore, is not, clothed with jurisdiction to entertain any matter clothed with apparel of presidential election Petition when in fact it is not.”

The second respondent said based on the evaluation of facts and the law, in terms of Mr Asiedu Nketia, one of the Petitioner’s witnesses, the Court’s jurisdiction has not been properly invoked.

The second respondent said it was not in dispute that a summation of the total valid votes announced by the EC Chairperson, Mrs. Jean Mensa as having obtained by the 12 candidates yielded a total of 13,121,111.

“Apart from the fact that this figure is incontrovertible, Petitioner failed or refused to provide any contrary evidence that would establish or least suggest that the valid votes declared for the 12 candidates were erroneous.

The second respondent argues that apart from reproducing the figures declared by the EC Chairperson and making fanciful analogies based on her innocuous errors, the Petitioner failed to provide his own data or independently attained figures to controvert what was declared as the valid votes obtained by each of the 12 candidates.

Nana Addo, therefore, prays the court to ignore allegations of arbitrariness and lack of transparency in the National Collation Centre, saying that “these allegations are of little probative value.”

Source: GNA

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Election Petition: Another Error Discovered In Tsikata’s Closing Address To The Supreme Court

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What was supposed to be a petition challenging an alleged error in the declaration made by the chairperson of the Electoral Commission on December 9 2020, turned out to be itself riddled with errors as has been seen since the 2020 election petition hearing commenced.

The first error was identified by the lawyers for the 2nd respondent, when they identified that the original petition was actually praying the court for a runoff between John Mahama and Jean Adukwei Mensa, the chairperson of the EC.

Having been granted leave to amend the error in the petition against the argument of the 1st and 2nd respondents, the amended petition also turned out with an error.

Yet another error has been identified in the petitioner’s final closing address to the Supreme Court, in which the petitioner claims to have filed his petition on 30th December 2021 even though we are still in February 2021.

It is unclear if the counsel for the petitioner will pray the court for another leave to amend their closing address.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is expected to deliver their verdict on March 4 2021.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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