The Supreme Court has struck out five paragraphs from the witness statement of Rojo Mettle-Nunoo in support of John Mahama’s election petition.
That leaves about 27 paragraphs out of the witness’ total of 32.
Lead Counsel for President Akufo-Addo, Akoto Ampaw raised an objection while arguing that Mr. Mahama’s petition did not include these parts of the witness’ statement.
Mr. Ampaw oncemore argued that the petitioner is attempting to slip through the back door through his witness, the questions of validity, and a plea for some documents that were previously handled by the Apex court.
5 Paragraphs of Rojo Mettle-Nunoo’s Witness Statement Struck out
The lead counsel of the Election Commission (EC), Justin Amenuvor, endorsed this stance.
In disputing these objections, however, Tsatsu Tsikata, lead counsel to the plaintiff, argued that new facts and demands were not introduced as the first and second respondents’ counsel had claimed.
He says that all the claims the witness made are intended to show his integrity and to conform to the pleadings made by Mr. Mahama to the Supreme Court in the electoral petition.
Again, Mr. Tsikata insisted that the witness talks about structures such as transparency and fairness, which the 1st respondent said for the 2020 presidential elections that has since been challenged by the petitioner.
However in the same decision, the court dismissed seven sections of the argument made by Mr. Asiedu Nketia
that the arguments in these portions were not included in the petition and did not appear in cross-examination.
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Lawyer Akoto Ampaw objected to paragraph 4, line 3 and points 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Again, he had objected to paragraphs 11, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31 with the same explanation.
This objection he said was based on the fact that the statements made in those paragraphs are not supported by the pleadings in Mr. Mahama’s petition.
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