Supreme Court dismisses John Mahama’s proposal of interrogatories for EC

Mahama at Supreme Court1
Mahama at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application filed by counsels for NDC flagbearer John Mahama seeking to compel the Electoral Commission (EC) to provide answers to some questions during a pre-trial hearing.

Known in law as interrogatories, they are written questions of one party, which are served on the other party, who must answer by written replies under oath.

Mr Mahama’s legal team led by Tsatsu Tsikata was among others seeking among others the role the National Communications Authority played during the transmission of the presidential results.

But that was strongly opposed by both the lawyers for the Electoral Commission and President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Advancing their arguments they both said that Mr John Mahama and his legal team were using the “back door” to seek further information from the EC that were not captured in their petition.

Mr. Akoto Ampaw, the lawyer for the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, described the application as a “fishing expedition”.

The Apex Court however unanimously dismissed the application.

According to the court, the interrogatories were irrelevant to the case.

It however set tomorrow, Wednesday, January 20, 2021, for case management.

Source: Daily Mail GH with additional files from CNR

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