Supreme Court’s ruling on application not to call witnesses

The Supreme Court has in a unanimous decision ruled that the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, and Peter Mac Manu, Campaign Manager and representative for 2nd Respondent, President Akufo-Addo cannot be compelled to testify in the ongoing election petition.

We are minded to state that our jurisdiction invoked in this election petition is a limited jurisdiction clearly circumscribed by law. We do not intend to extend our mandate beyond what the law requires of us in such petitions brought under Article 64 (1) challenging the validity of the election of a president.

“Simply put, we are not convinced, and we will not yield to the invitation being extended to us by counsel for the petitioner to order the respondent to enter the witness box to be cross-examined.

Full document: Supreme Court’s ruling on application not to call witnesses
Full document: Supreme Court’s ruling on application not to call witnesses

“Accordingly, we hereby overrule the objection raised by the counsel for the petitioner against the decision of the respondents declining to adduce evidence in this petition” part of the ruling said.

Source: MyJoyOnline.com

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