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Election Petition: Supreme Court to make a decision whether Jean Mensa mounts witness box

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The Supreme court will today announce whether the First Respondent, Electoral Commission (EC) Chair takes the witness box for cross-examination in the ongoing election petition.

Lead counsel for the Commission, Justin Amenuvor on Monday informed the apex court that they no longer plan to provide any kind of witness, hence Jean Mensa would certainly not be up for cross-examination.

According to him, the EC is pleased with the process thus far, thereby asking the court to make a resolution on the petition prior to it.

Citing Order 36 Policy 43 and C.I. 87 policy 3 (e) 5, lead counsel for the EC, Justin Amenuvor offered his submission to the seven-member panel of judges.

Likewise, lead counsel for the 2nd Respondent, Head of state Akufo-Addo mentioned that the counsel would not present any witness.

Nonetheless, in a speedy minute lead counsel for the petitioner, Tsatsu Tsikata rose to object the demands offered to the apex court.

He mentioned that the decision is a deliberate one by Mrs Mensa to stay clear of cross-examination which will reveal her inefficient conduct of the December 7 election.

Mr Tsikata who likewise pointed out Order 36 Regulation 43 and CI 87 rule 3 (e) 5 hoped the court will refute the request by the counsel for the First Respondent.

The judicial panel informed the counsels to provide their cases on Tuesday to enable them take a decision regarding whether the EC Chair would certainly be made to mount the witness box.

So far, 3 witnesses for the petitioner; Asiedu Nketia, Kpessa Whyte and also Rojo Mettle-Nunoo have actually been cross-examined.

Meanwhile, Mr Tsikata has actually notified the court that the petitioner has actually presented all proof for the election petition, as a result, has closed his case.

Source: Ghana Waves

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