The Supreme Court has rejected a motion for former President John Dramani Mahama to reopen his case in order to subpoena the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Mensa, to testify in the 2020 election petition.
In a unanimous ruling Tuesday [February 16, 2021], a seven-member panel of the apex court ruled that former President Mahama (the petitioner) could not provide any legal basis to justify his attempt to reopen his case to enable him subpoena the Chairperson of the EC.
Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah who read the ruling said the petitioner did not indicate how the evidence he intends to solicit from the EC Chairperson will help to determine the case.
He concluded by explaining that the EC Chairperson is not on trial and cannot be asked to vindicate herself.
After the ruling, lead counsel for petitioner, Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, informed the court that his client had filed a review of the court’s ruling on February 11, this year, that upheld the EC’s decision not to call witnesses to testify.
Counsel also told the court that his client would file an application for stay of proceedings pending the determination of the review application.