- Jean Mensa and Peter Mac Manu, the campaign director of the NPP are expected to be cross-examined after the petitioner’s witnesses
- However, according to lawyers for the first and second respondents, they will not call any witnesses
- They say the witnesses presented by the petitioner could not prove the case beyond doubt
- The petitioner is before the apex court to have the results of the 2020 presidential elections set aside
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Justin Amenuvor and Akoto Ampaw, the lawyers for the first and second respondents have told the Supreme Court they will not call witnesses of their own in the ongoing election petition trial.
Addressing the court after the cross-examination of Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, John Dramani Mahama’s third witness in the trial, Amenuvor said he does not wish to lead any further evidence in the case.
Ampaw who is representing President Akufo-Addo also added: "My Lords, we do not intend to call any witnesses and my Lord, we do not intend to call any witnesses because, in our view, they have not satisfied the burden of proof. So, we can’t be forced to call any witness.”
Tsatsu Tsikata, the lawyer for John Mahama, the petitioner in the trial objected to the move as the hearing was adjourned to Tuesday, February 8, 2021, for the counsels to address the seven-member panel.
Amenuvor and Ampaw are expected to present Jean Mensa and Peter Mac Manu, the campaign director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)
The EC chair had since her December 9 declaration of the presidential results reportedly had multiple threats on her life.
Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko disclosed this in reaction to a comment by the president and founder of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, on the security beef up around the EC boss.
Cudjoe asked her to resign after the ongoing election petition hearing, explaining that it was unhealthy to be distrusted and be guarded by “loads of soldiers” each time she is going to work.
Akufo-Addo defeated John Mahama in the election by 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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