Supreme Court dismisses Mahama's request for additional ground for review application

Supreme Court dismisses Mahama's request for additional ground for review application

- John Mahama has asked to be given a chance to add additional information to his application for review

- But the Court refused, paving the way for hearing of the review application

- Two additional justices were added to the original seven to hear the application

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The Supreme Court has dismissed John Mahama’s request to add additional ground for his application for review filed on January 20, 2021.

The Court now moves to the application filed for a review of its decision to dismiss the former president’s motion to be granted an opportunity to ask the Electoral Commission (EC) some 12 questions.

Supreme Court dismisses Mahama request for additional ground for review application
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Two additional justices, Justice Imoro Tanko and Justice Henrietta Mensah Bonsu were added to the earlier seven-member panel for the review application.

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On Thursday, January 21, 2021, Mahama through his lawyers asked the Apex Court to pause the hearing of the substantive case in the trial until a review application he brought before it was determined.

The application was in reaction to the Court’s dismissal of his pleas to ask the Electoral Commission (EC) some questions.

The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is challenging President Akufo-Addo’s victory in the December 2020 general elections.

According to him, there was no clear winner in the elections as declared by the EC.

Akufo-Addo defeated Mahama in the election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.

The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.

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In other news, news reaching indicates that the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti Region is witnessing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Unfortunately, the cases being recorded include babies and children with the oldest being 14 years.

According to a report filed by JoyNews, the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital has in the last 10 days, recorded 9 cases among children.

The sad part is, the youngest among the cases recorded is an 11-day-old baby.

Meanwhile, Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, on Monday, January 25, 2021, said the Akufo-Addo administration is feverishly considering another lockdown as COVID-19 cases in the country continue to increase.

Ghana has since the inception of January witnessed an astronomical surge in case count. Active cases stand at 3, 813 as of the time of filing this report with more deaths recorded, taking the number to 377.

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“There’s a possibility of a lockdown and other restrictions,” the Information Minister-designate told journalists in Accra.

“If this trend continues, then yes that is where we are heading. I have to be very clear on that one that more restrictions could be introduced if this trend continues,” he stressed.

Ghana recorded its first case of the virus on March 12, 2020, from two people who arrived in the country.

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