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How Tsatsu Tsikata’s Supreme Court Antics Inspired Ghanaians To Finally Challenge The ‘Powerful’ Supreme Court

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To many, the man Tsatsu Tsikata is an academic and a man so much in love with the law that he passes up no single opportunity to espouse his beloved ‘law’.

To some, he is just a celebrated lawyer affiliated to the NDC, who practically worship the ground at his feet.

And to some, particularly those on the other side of Mr Tsikata’s political divide, he is just an overrated legal myth, and an ordinary ex-convict.

But to every objective Ghanaian, following the proceedings of the 2020 election petition without any political prejudice, Tsatsu is a man who has single-handedly awakened the conscience of an entire nation to stand up to a Supreme Court that has always checked people in power, and yet have mysteriously managed to avoid checking itself.

It took the 2013 election petition, which was televised on National television to afford Ghanaians the opportunity to peep through what happens in the Courts, one of Ghana’s most secret institutions.

That Petition in 2013 also afforded Ghanaians a glimpse of the enormous power wielded by our Justices as they hauled politicians before them to answer to charges of contempt.

Fast forward to 2020, with Ghanaians already somehow abreast with what happens in our courts, the 2020 election petition did not attract enough tension as it was in 2013. This is not to say that the expectations in 2020 were any lower than in 2013.

However, to any objective observer, the handling of the 2020 petition has left much to be desired.

From Judges seemingly in a hurry to dispose of the petition, to Judges overruling their own judgements in not-so-convincing decisions, it is without a doubt that the 2020 petition has generated more questions than answers.

For the avoidance of doubt, just like many Ghanaians, I am of the personal opinion that the 2020 election petition does not carry enough evidential weight as the one we saw in 2013.

Unlike the 2013 petition which sought to overturn the declaration of the EC based on so-called evidence from the face of the pink sheets, the 2020 election petition seeks to overturn the declaration of the EC based solely on the words of the EC Chair, and not so much as the results of the election.

Interestingly, despite the weakness of the petition as filed by the NDC in comparison with the ‘tobay tobay’ they did on radio and social media claiming to have won the elections outrightly, the actions of the Supreme Court has ended up delivering a verdict of moral victory for the NDC, who have been armed with a political weapon of so-called judicial bias.

Some have wondered why Tsatsu Tsikata kept filing for reviews even when he was suffering 7-0 unanimous decisions. The answer is simple. Tsikata is not an idiot; he knew very well he was going to suffer those decisions against him.

Today, because of Tsatsu’s longsuffering and perseverance, there have been a number of hitherto, cowed Ghanaian celebrities, academics and journalists rising up in criticism of the highest court of the land, a court which was almost untouchable.

This is a court which was able to restrain no less a person than Dr. Raymond Atuguba, a distinguished lawyer and academic to shelve an academic exercise he had undertaken because to these judges, it was scandalous.

The agenda was simple; throw a piece of bait to the Court and watch it choke in enthusiasm in order to satisfy a narrative that the Judiciary has been corrupted.

How else could the NDC explain to their exuberant supporters after claiming to have won the elections that NO, they actually didn’t win, but were hoping to capitalize on a slip of tongue to ask for an unmerited run-off.

Truth is, no matter the judgement of the Supreme Court, the NDC will emerge as victors, and Tsatsu Tsikata will be at the heart of it all.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Blame Yourself For Not Doing Your Work Properly In The Strong Room – Supreme Court Chastizes Kpessah Whyte And Mettle-Nunoo

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The justices of the supreme court have told witnesses of Mr John Dramani Mahama in the election petition, Mr Rojo Mettle Nunoo and Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte to blame themselves for abandoning their duties in the strong room during the final collation of the election results if their claims are to be believed.

During proceedings, the two witnesses told the court that they were sent by the Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC) to Mr Mahama at the time of the collation of the final results in the strong room. In their absence, the results were then announced.

Delivering the judgment on Thursday, March 4 the court said “…Notwithstanding all these allegations of misunderstandings with the chair of the 1st respondent in the strong room and the fact that they were absent during the declaration, they did not give any indication as to how these happenings in their absence affected the final results announced by the 1st Respondent.

“The testimonies would have carried some little weight if the purpose of the petition was to change entries made on the collation forms or summary sheets but that is not the case.

“Their testimonies were therefore of no relevance to the said issues set out for determination and so we find them unworthy for consideration whatsoever.

“In fact, regarding the testimonies of PW2 and PW3 , if their evidence is to be believed then they had to blame themselves for abandoning their post at the national collation centre at the time the verification and certification of the results were ongoing and PW3 had then verified and certified the regional collation results out of the 16.”

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Breaking News: Supreme Court Unanimously Dismisses Mahama’s Petition As Having No Merit

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The 7-member panel of the Supreme Court hearing the 2020 election petition have dismissed the 2020 election petition brought before the court by flagbearer of the NDC for the 2020 elections, John Dramani Mahama.

In an extensive verdict read by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, the court was of the opinion that the petitioner failed to disclose how the so-called errors by the EC chair materially affected the declaration.

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Supreme Court Update: Mahama In Court As Judges Get Set To Pronounce Their Verdict

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The Petitioner in the 2020 election petition, John Dramani Mahama has made an appearance at the premises of the Supreme Court this morning.

The 7-member panel presiding over the 2020 election petition is expected to deliver judgement today in the case which lasted about one month.

Mr Mahama is challenging the declaration of President Akufo-Addo as having won the 2020 election.

According to Mr Mahama, no candidate obtained more than 50%.

He is therefore praying the court for a re-run of the election between himself and President Akufo-Addo.

The Apex Court will put the matter to rest today by delivering its judgement.

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