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Supreme Court dismisses Mahama’s review application

The nine-member panel Thursday (18 February 2021) unanimously affirmed the earlier decision of the seven-member panel.

The Supreme Court has dismissed the review application against an earlier ruling of the court that witnesses cannot be compelled to testify in the ongoing 2020 election petition

The nine-member panel Thursday unanimously affirmed thedecision of the seven-member panel.

The earlier panel comprising; Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, Justices Appau, Marful-Sau, Nene Amegatcher, Mariana Owusu, and Gertrude Torkonoo ruled that the EC boss filing a witness statement does not mean she has to testify.

“The application fails and is hereby dismissed” Chief Justice Annin Yeboah said in the ruling on Thursday 18 February.

The Court on 11 February had unanimously held that it cannot compel the Electoral Commission chairperson Jean Mensa to testify as well as the witness of the second respondent (Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo)

Tsatsu Tsikata, the lead counsel for the petitioner was seeking a review of the decision by the Supreme Court reaffirming the stance of the first respondent (EC Chairperson) not to testify in the ongoing election petition.

Tsikata filed the review application on the grounds that the apex court of the land erred in law when it ruled that the EC boss cannot be compelled to testify.

According to the petitioner, the error of the Supreme Court has occasioned “a miscarriage of Justice.”

Tsikata wanted the Supreme Court to halt proceedings in order to hear the review application.

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