EC to know her fate on whether to mount witness box or not on Thursday

Chairperson of the EC, Mrs. Jean Mensa.

The Supreme Court will tomorrow (Thursday, 11, February), rule on whether or not to compel the EC Chairperson, Jean Mensah, to mount the witness box.

This comes after Lawyers for parties in the ongoing election petition hearing have presented oral arguments on whether or not the EC Chairperson Jean Mensah and the second respondent should be made to mount the witness box to give evidence in the case.

In what has been described as an interesting twist, lawyers for the respondents who had already indicated they will call one witness each told the court they had rescinded that decision.

This meant the EC chairperson Jean Mensah was not going to be cross examined despite submitting a witness statement.

This was objected to by lead counsel for the petitioner Tsatsu Tsikata who alleged that the Chairperson, of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensah was evading cross-examination.

Mr. Tsikata said the EC Chairperson Jean Mensa has no right within the confines of the law not to subject herself for cross examination, adding it is in the best interest of Justice to hear whatever evidence the first defendant has for the court.

For his part, Counsel for the second respondent Akoto Ampaw, said CI 47 has made it clear that the mere filing of a witness statement does not constitute an election to reduce evidence.

He said Counsel for the petitioner cannot say that the EC will not subject herself to cross examination, the burden of prove has no relevance in any case and the authorities that were sighted significantly are misconceived and do not address the trust of their position.

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