S/C refuses Mahama’s request for EC to answer 12 questions

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A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court presided over by Justice Anin Yeboah has refused a request by lawyers of former President John Mahama, the petitioner in the 2020 Presidential election case, to allow the Electoral Commission (EC) respond to some 12 questions they consider relevant to the matter.

The court in its ruling said the questions raised were discretionary and therefore the Supreme Court does not see it as relevant to the petition before it.

In court on Tuesday, Lawyers of the former President John Dramani Mahama sought leave of the Supreme Court to allow the EC respond to some 12 intellocutories (questions) to expedite the hearing of the election petition, but the court refused the request.

The questions to which the petitioner was seeking answers from the EC included, among others – how was collations was done from the constituencies to the regional collation centres –  when did the EC boss get to realize she made mistakes in the declaration she made on December 9 – and whether all presidential party agents were informed about the decision to correct, and if they signed to it?

To the petitioner, led by Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata, if the EC is allowed to answer those questions, it will narrow down the petition and make room for expeditious hearing.

Lawyer for the EC, Justice Amenuvor was opposed to the request and said what the petitioner is asking is already set out in the law and prayed the court to refuse the request, which the court did.

Following the refusal of the request, the court has directed the parties to file their issues set out for hearing by 9am on Wednesday, January 20.

The parties are to return to court tomorrow for Case management Conference or the pre-trial hearing.

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