11 Feb Tsatsu to subpoena Jean Mensah as election petition drags on
By staff reporter ,
The legal team for Former President John Mahama has confirmed that he will subpoena the Electoral Commission in order for her to mount the witness box.
Tsatsu Tsikata made the decision at the back of the legal blow delivered by the Supreme Court that the EC chair cannot be compelled to testify in the ongoing election petition.
The Supreme Court at the hearing on Thursday, February 11, 2021, upheld a joint application by the 1st and 2nd respondents not to call their witnesses.
After the ruling, the spokesperson for the legal team of the petitioner indicated their team will also file a review motion of the ruling to have the EC chair to be dragged into the dock and be cross-examined on her declaration of the 2nd respondent as the President of Ghana.
In the ruling delivered by the chief justice, the panel said, “Simply put, we are not convinced, and we will not yield to the invitation being extended to us by counsel for the petitioner to order the respondent to enter the witness box to be cross-examined.
“Accordingly, we hereby overrule the objection raised by the counsel for the petitioner against the decision of the respondents declining to adduce evidence in this petition,” he added
Making known the reasons for the decision, Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin Yeboah indicated that Tsatsu Tsikata failed to point to any rules or cases when he argued that the Electoral Commissioner should be compelled to adduce evidence by virtue of her constitutional duty in the conduct of elections in Ghana.