Lawyers for former President Dramani Mahama who have expressed shock at the antics of the “lopsided” Supreme Court panel sitting on the Election Petition filed by ex-resident John Dramani Mahama have filed a review application to overturn the refusal of the apex court to allow the ex-President to put 12 questions to the Electoral Commissioner, Jean Adukwei Mensa.
The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision on Tuesday dismissed a motion from the petitioners who had wanted the embattled Jean Mensa to answer certain critical questions that feed into suspicions that the December 2020 presidential elections were rigged for the incumbent Nana Akufo Addo.
In the Court’s view, the questions were not necessary at the moment, even though Tsatsu Tsikata, the lead lawyer for Mr. Mahama had reasoned with the court that the legal process would be expedited if such questions were put to the Electoral Commission (EC) boss at this early stage.
Some of the questions include queries about the role of the National Communication Authority (NCA) in transmitting collated resulted from the Regions to the EC headquarters.
The NCA is headed by Joe Anokye, an IT expert whose exploit in allegedly helping the NPP manipulate election figures has become an open secret.
The NDC also wants to grill Jean Mensa on the basis to which she changed and “corrected” her declared presidential election results more than six times.
Mr Tsikata was clearly unhappy with the dismissal of the motion to table those nagging questions and therefore informed the apex court today that he and his team have filed a memorandum of issues aimed at appealing the ruling.
The Supreme Court is currently sitting on the election Petition where ex-President Mahama is alleging that the Presidential Elections in December 2020 were rigged and that the declared winner (Nana Akufo Addo) was illegitimately declared the winner by Jean Mensa because he [Akufo Addo] did not win the mandatory 50% plus one of the total valid votes cast.
The panel chaired by Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, the Chief Justice with support from Justice Yaw Appau, Justice Samuel Marful-Sau, Justice Nene Amegatcher, Prof Nii Ashie Kottey, Justice Mariama Owusu and Justice Gertrude Torkunor have retired t their chambers to apprise themselves with the issues.