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Near Confusion At Bole As Mahama’s Security Guard’s Name Goes Missing In Voters Register

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It was near confusion at the polling station in Bole where the NDC flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama arrived from Accra to cast his vote.

The near confusion stemmed from the fact that one of the former President’s security aides had his name conspicuously missing from the voters register even though he registered at the same center with the NDC flagbearer.

The former President expressed concern at the turn-out of events, insisting that he registered at the same center with his security aide.

“One of my security guards, I registered here with him and during the exhibition, we checked his name.

“We got here today and his name is not there and so I don’t know if it is a generalized problem but it is too early to make an assessment. We are waiting to find out what the presiding officer will say.

“We hope that they can rectify this. These are some of the little things that we kept complaining about,” Mr. Mahama said.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Election Petition Day 3: What Happened Between Tony Lithur And The Justices

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On Tuesday 26 January, that is Day 28 counting from when former President John Mahama filed his election petition at the Supreme Court, which also marked Day 3 of the hearing, the seven-member panel openly chided the petitioner for failing to comply with the court’s earlier orders asking him to file his witness statements.

When the court sat at exactly 9.30 am, Tsatsu Tsikata, the Lead Counsel for the petitioner was not present as expected.

Tony Lithur, who is his assistant stood up to introduce himself, followed by Justin Amenuvor with Somuah Asamoah for the First Respondent; and Akoto Ampaw with Frank Davies, Kwaku Asirifi and Yaw Oppong for 2nd Respondent.

Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, the NDC National Chairman represented the Petitioner; Jean Mensa, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) represented her institution named as the 1st Respondent, whilst Peter Mac Manu, the 2020 NPP Campaign Manager represented Nana Akufo-Addo, the second Respondent.

Before the hearing could start, however, Tony Lithur, who had defended Mahama in the 2012-2013 election petition and was thus equally able and capable, pleaded with the court for a halt to the day’s proceedings until the arrival of Tsatsu Tsikata.

The justices did not take kindly to that, stating that the official time for the hearing was 9.30 am.

The justices further indicated that Lithur’s law firm, Lithur Brew & Company, had been filing all the processes at the court with his signature on the filed documents, hence he was competent to deal with the matter at hand.

The justices, thus denying him that request, then proceeded to bombard Lithur with a series of questions bordering on why their team failed to obey the court’s orders.

Below is the interaction between the Justices and Mr Lithur:

Bench: Your understanding of the stay of proceedings is that you don’t file processes ordered by the court?

Tony Lithur: Our application is intended to stay or hold proceedings.

Bench: You say stay means not to file processes but even yesterday, you filed processes so you choose and pick what to file. Let me understand you, by filing a stay are you saying you need not file the witness statements and the written submission?

Bench: You filed the petition, you came to this court and submitted your cause of action and reliefs. You said you had five witnesses and we ordered all counsel[s] to file their witness statements, why have you not filed?

Tony Lithur in all these sought to impress on the court that the determination of their review related to the issues and the witness statements, hence their decision not to file but rather file the stay. Bench: Are you saying that in case the review is refused, you would not file witness statements?

Tony Lithur: We will file without the issues in the application.

Bench: Then why not comply and when it is granted, you file a supplementary. Why are you not obeying the orders of the court but you want the court to hear you?

The justices then went on recess to attend to the application for stay of proceedings.

When the court resumed around 10: 23 am, the President of the Court, Kwasi Anin Yeboah ruled thus:

The business of conducting this petition will be done in an orderly and expeditious manner and as procedurally directed by C.I. 99. It is clear that whatever issue that may arise from the interrogatories filed by the petitioner can be incorporated in the due conduct of the trial.

“We do not appreciate the fact that the current processes filed should make room for the petitioners to [ignore] the prior orders of the court to the extent that the earlier order has not been complied with.

“The petitioner is referred to the following rules of the court: Rule 69 C4b of the Supreme Court rule as amended by C.I. 99 which reads that the court may dismiss the petition when the petitioner fails to file the processes directed within the specified time.

The court will determine the petition when the respondents fail to file their answers or the processes regarding their answer within the specified time,” the Chief Justice said.

The petitioner was thus cautioned and asked to submit his witness statement by close of business on Wednesday.

The court adjourned sitting to Thursday, January 28. Tsatsu Tsikata, who was then present [during this ruling], expressed his profound gratitude to the court.

Source: Ghanaweb

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Election Petition: Mahama Will Not Be In The Witness Box – NDC Legal Team Clarifies

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The petitioner in the ongoing election petition hearing at the Supreme Court, Mr John Dramani Mahama will not be in the witness box to be cross-examined, spokesperson for his lawyers in the case, Dr Dominic Ayine, has said.

He said, another official of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will be the one to be in the witness box.

Asked whether Mr Mahama will be one of the witnesses to be in the witness box while speaking on the Good Evening Ghana programme Tuesday, January 26, Dr Ayine said “No, he won’t be one of them. He wasn’t involved in the Nitty-gritty of the elections. The party was involved in the election and one of the executives will be one of the witnesses.”

He added, “we don’t think we will call too many witnesses.”

His comments come after the Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 26 ordered the petitioner in the ongoing Presidential Election Petition, John Dramani Mahama, to file his witness statements and arguments in response to the preliminary objection raised by the respondents latest by Wednesday, January 27.

The court also expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of the petitioner and warned it will take appropriate actions against him if he fails to comply with the order to file the witness statements and arguments by the given deadline.

These actions, the court said could include the dismissal of the petition.

Source: 3News

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Supreme Court Orders Mahama’s Lawyers To Comply With Their Orders By Wednesday Or Face Sanctions

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The Seven-member Supreme Court panel hearing the 2020 Election Petition has ordered the legal team of John Mahama to comply with its orders and file their witness statements by close of Wednesday.

The Court also warned that failure to comply with their order will attract sanctions as imposed by law.

The caution follows an explanation by Counsel for the Petitioner, Tony Lithur that they had opted not to file witness statements as ordered by the court due to pending applications earlier filed.

According to him, Mr. Mahama has filed a stay of proceedings along with an application for the apex court to review the dismissal of his permission to serve the EC some 12 interrogatories.

However, the court insisted that it’s earlier order must be complied with, failure of which can result in the dismissal of the petition.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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