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Election Petition: Supreme Court hears three issues today

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The 2020 presidential election petition continues today, with three main items on the bill an application for stay of proceedings, a review application and the closing submissions of lawyers for the parties.

The Supreme Court resumes sitting today after adjourning sitting on Tuesday, February 16.

The court has ordered all parties in the case to simultaneously present their closing address by the close of day yesterday.

The directive by the court comes after the Supreme Court dismissed the application by the petitioner in the ongoing election petition to be given opportunity to reopen his case and subpoena the EC chairperson to testify.

The court held that the application has no merit and the petitioner failed to give indication of the new evidence he wished to bring and how that will help the court to deliver justice and advance the course of the petition.However the petitioner, John Mahama,has filed an application urging the Court to put on hold his petition in connection with the 2020 presidential election.

Mr. Mahama wants the court to halt proceedings until it makes a determination on a review application challenging the court’s refusal to compel the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, to testify in the petition.

It is the contention of the petitioner that the review application was likely to succeed, and, therefore, failure to halt the trial would cause him an “irreparable harm”.

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