The Supreme Court has handed another blow to John Dramani Mahama, the petitioner in the ongoing election petition hearing today, Thursday, February 18 2021.
Tsatsu Tsikata, counsel for Mr Mahama on Tuesday, February 16 2021 filed an application of stay of proceedings pending a review of the court’s earlier ruling on the respondents putting forth witnesses heard.
It came after the court ruled that chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa cannot be compelled to testify and be cross-examined as a witness if she does not want to do so.
Mr Mahama, subsequently filed the application for review of the ruling after his lawyers described it as erring in law which necessitated the application for stay of proceedings.
In a ruling on Thursday, 18 February 2021, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, read the ruling, which, among other things, said: “The applicant has failed to satisfy the court that a new or important matter resulted from the reference to the constitutional provisions referred to”.
“In the result, the application fails, and it is hereby dismissed,”
The court in ruling on the matter said the determination of the review application renders the stay application moot.
“the court is of the opinion this application was filed pending the determination of the review application which has been determined. So we are of the opinion that this application is moot and proceeds to strike it out.”
bY: Bernard Ralph Adams