On Thursday, March 4, 2021, Ghana’s Apex Court have decided to deliver judgment in the ongoing election petition.
Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin Yeboah
This was announced by the Chair of the seven-member panel of judges, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah during the hearing on Monday, February 22, 2021.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has also dismissed a third review application filed by former president John Dramani Mahama, the petitioner in the ongoing election petition, which prayed the court to overturn its own ruling of February 16, 2021, in which it denied Mr Mahama the opportunity to reopen his case.
“The application under review was dismissed because it was not based on known law or rules of practice. We dismiss the instant application and we hold it without merit”, Chief Justice Annin Yeboah read out in court.
Prior to Monday’s ruling, the lead counsel for Mr Mahama, Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, had argued that the court “prejudiced” its “fair exercise of discretion” in denying his client the opportunity to reopen his case in the earlier ruling.
The ordinary court, on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, ruled unanimously that “a mere filing of a witness statement is not an election to testify”.
Chief Justice Annin Yeboah read: “As we’ve already indicated in this ruling supra, the petitioner in this application has not given us an inkling of the new or fresh evidence he wants to bring to the fore through the Chairperson of the first respondent and how that evidence could assist the court to do justice to the matters under consideration in this petition. Neither has he disclosed how that evidence will advance the cause of his petition.
“For the above-stated reasons, we find no merit or favor in the petitioner’s application to reopen his case for the sole purpose of compelling his adversaries’ intended witness to testify through a subpoena without indicating the sort of evidence he intends to solicit from the said witness and how that evidence is going to help the court in resolving the dispute before us. We accordingly refuse the application and proceed without any hesitation to dismiss it,” the ruling said.
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