The Electoral Commission (EC) has appealed to the Supreme Court (SC) to push forward the date scheduled to hear John Mahama’s application seeking the court to review its ruling that denied him the right of interrogating the EC.
The court has set 28th of this month to hear the application but recent court documents filed by the EC want the court to bring forward the date of hearing to 26th of this month, the same day the substantive petition is scheduled to be heard for a simultaneous hearing.
The EC said the reason for the petitioner’s review on the interrogatories is to ensure expeditious trial, so in the interest of justice and a speedy trial, the court should consider pushing the hearing date of the review to the same day, 26th of this month when the substantive matter will be heard.
The petitioner (John Mahama) had moved a motion seeking the permission of the court to interrogate the first respondent (EC) on some 12 key questions, main among it is how the EC transmitted the 2020 election results from polling station to the national headquarters of the EC and whether or not the National Communication Authority (NCA) played a role in the transmission of the results.
The petitioner told the court it was in the interest of a fast trial that is why the EC needed to be interrogated on the questions but the court denied the petitioner the leave to do so.
Following the denial of the petitioner, he (John Mahama) has filed an application of review for the court to have a second look at its ruling.
STORY BY: YVONNE ASARE OFFEI AND BEATRICE OPPON