Monday, 08 March

Election petition: SC hears Mahama's stay of proceedings, review applications today

Former President John Mahama and his legal team

The Supreme Court of Ghana is expected to hear two applications filed by former President John Mahama, the petitioner in the ongoing election petition.

Mr Mahama, through his lawyers, applied for a review of the Supreme Court ruling, which said the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, cannot be forced to testify in the matter.

Lawyers for Mr Mahama filed the application after disagreeing with the court’s ruling.

In the 32-page application with affidavit and exhibits, Mr Mahama said the Supreme Court erred in law when it said the EC boss cannot be compelled to testify.

According to Mr Mahama, this is a miscarriage of justice.

Meanwhile, Mr Mahama has also prayed the court to suspend hearing of the substantive election petition until his application for review is heard and ruled upon.

This is because the apex court has directed all parties to file their closing addresses by Thursday, 18 February, for the Court to hear them on Friday, 19 February 2021.