05 Feb Ghana Election Petition: 27 paragraphs of Rojo Mettle –Nunoo statement maintained, 5 struck out
05 Feb 2021
By Staff reporter
The Supreme Court has struck out five paragraphs of the witness statement filed by Mr Mettle-Nunoo but maintained 27 paragraphs.
In unanimous decision, the court struck out 4,5,6,7 and 18 out of the 32 paragraphs in the statement.
At court proceedings today, Mr Ampaw, the lead counsel of the second respondent argued that the petitioner through the backdoor is trying to sneak issues of authenticity and a request for some documents which have already been tackled by the panel.
Mr Justin Amenuvor the lead counsel for the Electoral Commission backed Mr Ampaw objection, argued that some portions in the statement should be expunged.
Furtherance to that, Mr Tsikata disputed the objections and explained that the witness statement is devoid of new facts and demands ,as the 1st and 2nd respondents seem to purport. He said that the witness is only speaking on systems like transparency and fairness that the 1st respondent continually said it had been implemented for the 2020 Presidential elections.
Mr Ampaw mentioned specifically that paragraph 9, 15 and 18 raised issues of authencity of documents in the election that the court has already dismissed.
To advance his argument, Mr Ampaw said his objection was based on the fact that the statements made in those paragraphs are not supported by the pleadings in Mahama’s petition. Lawyer Ampaw said particularly paragraph 10 seeks to build a new case for the petitioner and therefore must be struck out.