Election petition: Jean Mensa to know fate on facing Tsatsu Tsikata today

Election petition: Jean Mensa to know fate on facing Tsatsu Tsikata today

- Lawyers for the first respondent had stated that he would not call any witnesses in the trial

- Jean Mensa is expected to be cross-examined by the lawyer for the petitioner

- The petitioner is before the apex court to have the results of the 2020 presidential elections set aside

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Jean Mensa will today, Thursday, February 11, 2021, know if she will mount the witness box.

Justin Amenuvor, the lawyer for the EC told the Supreme Court on Monday, February 8, 2021, that he would not call any witnesses.

Election petition: Jean Mensa to know fate on facing Tsatsu Tsikata today
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He argued that the three witnesses called by the petitioner had not satisfied the burden of proof when they appeared before the court.

Tsikata who is the petitioner’s lead counsel, however, objected to the respondents’ lawyers’ moves.

“What has been put before you is not in accordance with the rules of this court and should not be countenanced,” he told the seven-member panel hearing the case.

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The court then set today, Thursday, February 11, 2021, to rule on the matter.

Meanwhile, a private legal practitioner, Ace Anan Ankomah opined that the petitioner cannot hang the destiny of his case on what his opponents might or might not do in court.

“If you go to court alleging that something has or has not happened, the burden is on you to provide the evidence,” he stated in an op-ed titled: ‘He Who Alleges Must Prove’.

On another hand, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko advised Tsikata to admit he was outmaneuvered in the ongoing trial.

“Tsatsu should simply admit that he’s been outsmarted!” the leading member of the governing NPP wrote.

The NDC flagbearer John Dramani Mahama petitioned the Supreme Court to order a second round of the December 7, election.

According to him, the votes obtained by NPP’s candidate, President Nana Akufo-Addo, and himself in the December 7, election as declared by the EC Chair were not enough for a candidate to be declared the winner.

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