Election Petition: “Our witness, Madam Jean Mensa will not testify in court” – EC’s lawyers

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Lawyers for the Electoral Commission(EC) has told the Supreme Court that their witness and Chairperson of the commission, Madam Jean Mensa, will not testify before the court.

This stance was communicated by Lead counsel for the EC, Mr Justin Amenuvor, who said Jean Mensah will not stand to testify in court thus the court should decide the petition filed by former President Mahama just on merit.

He argued that there are provisions in the constitution which makes it possible for his client the EC Boss not to adduce any evidence. He premised his argument on Order 36 (4) sub-rule 3 of the High Court (Civil Procedure Rule ), C.I 47.

“The case of the first respondent is that we do not wish to adduce any evidence. Our case is closed”, he argued.

This came after Lawyer Amenuvor has cross-examined the third witness for the petitioner, Mr Robert Joseph Mettle-Nunoo on Monday afternoon [February 8, 2021]. Lawyers for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the second respondent also took the same position and submitted that their witness, Mr Peter Mac Manu will also not give any evidence.

Meanwhile, lead counsel for the petitioner, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata argued that Madam Jean Mensa and other witnesses of the respondents will surely be cross-examined. The court will decide in their subsequent sittings whether these witnesses need to be cross-examined or not.

 

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