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The hearing of the 2020 Election Petition case filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, will continue today, February 1,2021.
The cross-examination of Asiedu Nketia, general secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), will resume today after having seven paragraphs of his statement, eliminated by the supreme court at the last sitting.
This was after Akoto Ampaw, the lead lawyer for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, asked the Supreme Court to expunge portions of Asiedu Nketia’s statement.
He argued that ten paragraphs in Asiedu Nketia’s statement should be deleted because they were not based on the pleadings of the petitioner.
The court in its ruling struck out seven paragraphs out of the ten paragraphs that President Akufo-Addo’s lawyer objected to.
Mr. Asiedu Nketia at the previous sitting claimed that the petitioner was in court to challenge some actions and inactions of the Electoral Commission but not to seek the announcement of a different outcome of the polls.
“My Lord we are not in court to try to declare another presidential result by us [NDC], we are in court to challenge the performance of the constitutional duty of the first respondent [Chair person of the Electoral Commission] and to assess whether that duty has been discharged faithfully,” he stated.
Source: Ghana Waves