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Election Petition: Tsatsu Tsikata Happy That Akufo-Addo’s Witness Has Confirmed Kpessah Whyte’s Statement

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Tsatsu Tsikata, the lead counsel for John Dramani Mahama in the 2020 election petition, during the hearing on Friday, February 5, 2021, reserved a word of praise for the representative of the first respondent, Peter Mac Manu, for helping him bring some clarity to an issue.

Dr Kpessa-Whyte had, during his cross-examination, maintained that the NDC representatives in the EC’s strong room were deceived by the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, to leave the room and have a brief meeting with John Mahama, the NDC’s flagbearer.

Lawyer Amenuvor, the counsel for the first respondent- the EC- had sought to discredit this claim of Kpessa-Whyte, insisting that he and Rojo Mettle-Nunoo left the place after realizing that their candidate John Mahama was going to lose the elections.

Lawyer Amenuvor during cross-examination ‘put it to’ Dr Kpessa-Whyte that he and Mettle-Nunoo left the EC office with all their materials.

Kpessa-Whyte was firm on his position that he left his laptop, car and other properties at the premises of the EC.

To prove the truth or otherwise of the claims by the two agents, a video of a statement Mac Manu made during an interview on Metro TVs Good Evening Ghana had to be dug.

This video appears to have given some credibility to the assertions by Kpessa-Whyte and Rojo Mettle-Nunoo and Tsatsu was grateful to Mac Manu for the confirmation.

Arguing why the court should not expunge certain portions of Rojo’s witness statement, Tsatsu Tsikata after quoting some paragraphs of the statement turned to Mac Manu and said, ‘…and my Lord, we have to commend the truthfulness of Mr Mac Manu”.

After lawyers of all three parties took turns to argue out their cases, the seven-member panel struck out some paragraphs of the statement by Mettle-Nunoo.

Akoto Ampaw, who is the lawyer for the second respondent, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, wanted the judges to expunge 20 out of the 23.

The case has been adjourned to Monday, February 8, 2021.

Source: Ghanaweb

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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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