File your witness statement or we’ll throw out your petition – Supreme Court to Mahama

File your witness statement or we’ll throw out your petition – Supreme Court to Mahama

The Supreme Court has served notice it will dismiss the Election Petition filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s 2020 Presidential Candidate if its orders are not adhered to.

The apex court has ordered John Dramani Mahama to file his witness statements by Wednesday or risks the dismissal of his petition.

The warning comes on the back of a statement by one of Mr Mahama’s lawyers Tony Lithur who said they have decided not to file the witness statement because of pending applications before the court.

Mr Lithur said their client has filed an application for stay of proceedings following a motion for a review of the Supreme Court’s ruling against the serving of interrogatories on the Electoral Commission.

But dissatisfied with the explanation, the judges have ordered the team to file its witness statement by close of day, Wednesday, January 27, 2021, the failure of which will lead to the dismissal of their petition.

The apex court will be considering five issues such as: “Whether or not the petition discloses any reasonable cause of action and whether or not per the data available any candidate obtained more than 50% of the votes cast.”

Also, the Supreme Court will determine “whether or not the second respondent obtained more than 50% of the votes cast by the exclusion or inclusion of Techiman South Constituency results and whether or not declaration was in violation of the constitution.”

The seven-member panel of Judges hearing the petition are Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah; Justices Yaw Appau, Marful Sau, Professor Ashie Kotei, Mariama Owusu, Nene Amegatcher, and Gertrude Tokonor.

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