Election petition: Tsikata hints of a potential third witness

Election petition: Tsikata hints of a potential third witness

- The veteran legal colossus has already called two witnesses in support of the petition by the former president

- The former president is challenging the outcome of the 2020 election in which he was defeated

- According to him, there was no victor and that a rerun must be ordered

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Tsatsu Tsikata is set to produce another witness in the ongoing 2020 election petition trial at the Supreme Court.

The lawyer for John Mahama, the petitioner in the case informed the court of his decision on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

Election petition: Tsikata hints of a potential third witness
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Tsikata’s disclosure comes on the back of the dismissal of the application by Mahama seeking to inspect some six documents of the Electoral Commission, the first respondent in the case.

He requested an in-camera meeting with the seven-member panel hearing the case to discuss the potential witness that he will be producing, explaining that it bothers on “confidentiality.”

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“There is a matter in respect of a health situation that is affecting a potential witness which we have indicated to my learned friends on the other side we would like to have considered by your Lordships in camera if it is possible because of the confidentiality concerns, and we will be able to provide some details to your Lordships accordingly if that is possible”, he told the court.

The Court dismissed the application by Mahama to inspect some pink sheets in the possession of EC.

According to Mahama, he would need to inspect the EC’s (first respondent) pink sheets for comparison.

But in its ruling, the Court stated that the applicant already has the documents he was requesting, thus dismissing the application.

The presidential candidate of the NDC in the 2020 elections rejected the outcome of the polls.

According to him, the elections were rigged in favour of the president, and that per data available to him “there was no winner” in the elections.

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He has since filed a petition before the Supreme Court, calling for a rerun to be ordered between him and President Akufo-Addo.

Meanwhile, former Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho, has been speaking on the disputed outcome of the 2020 elections.

According to him, President Nana Akufo-Addo fairly won the elections, as a result, has the “legitimate mandate” from the majority of Ghanaians in the December 2020 presidential elections.

The founder of the Atta Mills Institute expressed hope that the president will do all he can to build a better Ghana and “leave lasting legacies.”

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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