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Lawyers of former President John Mahama are expected to file their closing address on the election petition case by the close of day today, February 23, 2021.

This follows a motion moved by lead counsel for the petitioner, Tsatsu Tsikata on Monday, saying they did not anticipate the court ruling against them in their review for a ruling to reopen their case, so their closing address was not ready on time.

He argued that a review in their favour would have potentially changed the course of the case and significantly impacted the closing address.

A nine-member panel of Supreme Court Judges unanimously affirmed a ruling by a seven-member panel that stopped Mr. Mahama from reopening his election petition.

Mr. Mahama wanted to reopen his case and subpoena the Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson, Jean Mensa, to testify in the election petition as a hostile witness.

The respondents in the case; the EC and President Akufo-Addo had closed their cases and refused to call any witness.

Meanwhile, the Court has set Thursday, March 4 as final judgment day.

It is still unclear whether the Court will grant a day for oral submissions of the closing addresses.

It gave the indication yesterday that it will invite counsel to provide oral submissions where necessary.

Mr. Mahama is in court after he and his party, the National Democratic Congress, rejected the results of the 2020 presidential polls.

He maintains that President Akufo-Addo failed to obtain the requisite number of votes to be declared the winner.

He is thus asking the Supreme Court to among other things declare the 2020 presidential polls null and void and further order the Electoral Commission to conduct a re-run of the election between himself and President Akufo-Addo.

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