Election Petition: Supreme Court continues cross-examination of petitioner’s first witness today

The Supreme Court will today continue cross-examination of the petitioner’s first witness in the 2020 election petition.

The court adjourned hearing on Friday after General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah began his testimony in the ongoing election petition. Mr. Asiedu Nketiah is one of two witnesses for the Petitioner, John Mahama.

He was first cross-examined by counsel for the Electoral Commission, Justin Amenuvor who sought to establish that allegations made by the Petitioner and the NDC that the EC padded votes in favour of President Akufo-Addo are false.

He suggested to Mr. Nketiah that the current situation as related to the outcome of the presidential results is the reality. This was however refuted by Mr Nketiah who said the EC cannot be right because prior to the declaration of the results that of Techiman was not included. Counsel for the EC Justin Amenuvor told the witness that he had no evidence to support the allegations of vote padding by the EC.

Mr. Asiedu Nketiah declined that assertion and answered that the Petitioner is not before the court to try to declare any presidential results but to challenge the performance of constitutional duty by the EC and to see if that duty has been duly discharged faithfully.

When he took his turn to cross-examine the witness, counsel for President Akufo-Addo, Akoto Ampaw sought to establish that the Petitioner and some NDC party executives made allegations of emerging as the winner in the presidential election.

He suggested to Mr. Asiedu Nketsiah that the party held series of press conferences and made some allegations that Mr. Mahama won the presidential election based on the party’s own collation. Mr. Asiedu Nketsiah however answered that the allusion by Mr. Akoto Ampaw is not contained in his witness statement.

He said the petition before the court only states that the results declared by the EC are inaccurate.

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