Supreme Court shoots down Mahama’s attempt to reopen his case, subpoena Jean Mensa

Supreme Court shoots down Mahama’s attempt to reopen his case, subpoena Jean Mensa

The Supreme Court has declined an invitation to exercise its discretion to allow the Petitioner in the 2020 Election Petition to reopen his case after his lead counsel, Tsatsu Tsikata closed it.

In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, the apex court said John Dramani Mahama failed to provide cogent reasons why he should be permitted to reopen his case.

Mr Mahama’s application came hours after the 1st and 2nd Respondents decided not to open their case.

Mr Tsikata said the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, which is the 1st Respondent in the case, has represented to them that she will be mounting the witness box and this was the reason they closed their case.

Lead counsel for the 2nd Respondent, Akoto Ampaw told the court the application filed by Mr Mahama to reopen his case is an attempt to lead fresh evidence after closing his case.

After hearing counsels for the parties to the case, the court in a 7:0 ruling said it will not allow the Petitioner to reopen his case, a decision Mr Tsikata said did satisfy the course of justice.

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