Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata, the petitioner’s lead lawyer in the Election Petition case, claims that a witness on their side is suffering from some health issues in connection with the court proceedings.
This witness will help carry some valid facts and evidence to help make their case, according to Mr. Tsikata, if given the opportunity to file a witness statement.
This was followed by an appeal by the claimant against the first respondent; the Chairman of the EC, Jean Mensa, was disqualified by the Court of First Instance for the production of certain records, including the Constituency and Regional Inspection Sheets.
The court asked to know if the petitioner’s counsel had anything more to present before continuing the cross-examination of the respondent’s witnesses.
In response, lead lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata explained that they had to present an additional witness, but the witness in question is currently recovering from an undisclosed illness and could not make a witness statement prior to recovery.
He maintained that the disease could not be sent to the open court although his colleagues on the other hand were informed accordingly.
For the future witness, a health issue exists,’ he said.
After the establishment, all seven judges and lead counsel for the petitioner and both respondents retired to the chambers to determine if the said witness should be given time to file the witness declaration and then cross-examined.
Although lead counsel is required for this decision, it is solely at the discretion of the judges.
Refund Our Filing Fees To Us- NDC Sends A Strong Warning To The Electoral Commission(Screen shot)
The opposition National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) Functional Executive Committee has written to the Electoral Commission, requesting a refund of filing fees for its Presidential Candidate, John Dramani Mahama, and some parliamentary aspirants in the 2020 elections.
The committee said in a statement that it was making the demand in accordance with CI, 127 regulations 46 (1) and 46 (3), which spell out a condition for a refund of a deposit paid to presidential or parliamentary candidates.
“To be eligible for a refund, a presidential or parliamentary candidate must receive a minimum of 25% and 12.5 percent respectively in a general election. We would appreciate it if you could refund their deposit to the NDC account with GBC Bank Limited, Accra-Newtown branch, A/C: 1181130011568,” according to the statement.
Read statement and list of qualified persons for refund below:
Supreme Court Will Finally Decide Today- Read Details On What Is To Happen
The much-anticipated Election 2020 Petition trial will be decided by Ghana’s Supreme Court today, March 4.
Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah presided over the seven-member panel, which had asked lawyers for the parties in the case to file their closing written addresses.
The closing addresses for the Petitioner (former President John Dramani Mahama), the First Respondent (the Electoral Commission), and the Second Respondent (President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo) had all been filed.
Dr Michael Kpessa Whyte, Mr Joseph Robert Mettle-Nunoo, both members of the National Democratic Congress, and Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the Party’s General Secretary, were the three witnesses called by the Petitioner.
The Supreme Court will decide whether there are any legal grounds for the petition and whether President Akufo-Addo has met the Article 63(3) threshold set out in the 1992 Constitution.
Before a presidential candidate can be declared president-elect, he or she must receive 50% of the total valid votes cast plus one vote, according to Article 63(3).
It will also determine whether the EC’s declaration on December 9, 2020 was in violation of Article 63(3), as well as whether the Petitioner’s allegations of vote padding and other errors influenced the outcome of the presidential election on December 9, 2020.
The Supreme Court dismissed the Petitioner’s applications to have the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Mrs Jean A. Mensa, mount the witness box.
Akufo Addo Finally Sacks 60 Year Old Daniel Domelevo From The Office of Auditor General
President Nana Akufo-Addo has compulsorily retired embattled Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Domelevo, despite the latter claiming he is not yet 60 years.
A letter signed by Nana Bediatuo Asante, Executive Secretary to the President on Wednesday, March 3, and addressed to Daniel Yao Domelevo said:
“The attention of the President of the Republic has been drawn to records and documents made available to the Office by the Audit Service, that indicate that your date of birth is 1 June 1960 and that in accordance with article 199(1) of the Constitution, your date of retirement as Auditor General was 1 June 2020.
“Based on this information, the President is of the view that you have formally left office. Mr Johnson Akuamoa-Asiedu will continue to act as Auditor-General until the President appoints a substantive Auditor General.
“The president thanks you for your service to the nation and wishes you the very best in your future endeavours.”
Daniel Domelevo recently became a subject of many news discussions after a series of correspondence between himself and the Audit Service Board came to the fore.
The Board alleged that records at the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) provided by the Auditor-General indicated that his date of birth was 1960 when he joined the scheme on October 1, 1978.
Again, the Board insisted that the hometown of Mr. Domelevo is Agbetofe in Togo, thereby making him non-Ghanaian, even though on October 25, 1993, Domelevo had changed those records.
While the date of birth changed to June 1, 1961, the hometown of the Auditor-General was now Ada in the Greater Accra Region, the Board claimed in a three-page letter addressed to Mr. Domelevo on Tuesday, March 2, just a day before he was to resume work from a forced 167-day leave.
Daniel Yao Domelevo duly informed the board that the two allegations were false and offered explanations.
The Board replied indicating, “observation of your responses and explanations contained in your above reference letter make your date of birth and Ghanaian nationality even more doubtful and clearly establishes that you have made false statements contrary to law”.
The Board consequently insisted that Mr. Domelevo was due for compulsory retirement on June 1, 2020, and was in fact not Ghanaian but Togolese.
“Records made available to the Board indicate that your date of retirement was 1 June 2020 and as far as the Audit Service is concerned you are deemed to have retired,” it noted.
Meanwhile, Domelevo returned to work on Wednesday, March 3.
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