‘I won’t resurrect your dead petition’ – Jean Mensa opposes Mahama’s case reopening

‘I won’t resurrect your dead petition’ – Jean Mensa opposes Mahama’s case reopening

The 1st Respondent in the 2020 Election Petition, the Electoral Commission has filed an affidavit in opposition to attempts by the Petitioner, John Dramani Mahama to reopen his case.

Lawyers for the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) filed the application in order to serve a subpoena on the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Adukwei Mensa to testify.

Despite closing his case under the misguided belief that the EC boss will testify, the reopening of the case became an option after the Supreme Court ruled that it could not compel a Party to enter the Witness Box and testify in support of his or her case last week.

The apex court’s ruling was on the decision by the 1st and Second Respondents to close their case without calling any witnesses.

“I am opposed to the Petitioner being granted leave by this Honourable Court to re-open a case that he closed of his own volition without compulsion. I am advised that even if this Court grants leave for the Petitioner to reopen his case; it ought not to cause a subpoena to be issued against me because a subpoena is issued with a coercive effect. This Honourable Court, having held that I rightly exercised the option of my right not to testify, would be overriding its earlier decision to order that I be compelled to testify,” Mrs Adukwei Mensa said in the affidavit filed on Saturday, February 14, 2021, at 12 pm.

Read the affidavit below:

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