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Jean Mensa, Mac-Manu can’t mount the witness box – Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court has in a unanimous decision ruled that the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa and Peter Mac Manu cannot be compelled to step into the witness box to testify in the election petition case.

The lead counsel for the Electoral Commission, Justine Amenuvor and that of President Akufo-Addo, Akoto Ampaw, had filed an application asking for permission not to call any witness.

The Presiding Judge Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah who read the ruling said it would be unnecessary to put a witness for a counter case on the grounds of the Petitioner’s Counsel failing to meet the evidential burden.

The apex court held that they were given a limited jurisdiction in the Election Petition case and that they do not intend to go beyond that jurisdiction.

This comes after the hearing of legal arguments on Tuesday in advancing the case whether or not to proceed with the cross-examination of the witnesses of the 1st and 2nd respondents.

Both the 1st and 2nd respondents made legal submissions on Tuesday in opposition to the Petitioner’s demand to have their witness cross-examined.

Meanwhile, their two witnesses, the EC Chairperson, Jean Mensa and the New Patriotic Party Campaign Manager, Peter Mac Manu have already filed witness statements at the onset of the petition.

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