The National Democratic Congress (NDC) have made their minds up on getting the Electoral Commission’s Chairperson, Jean Mensa to speak to the abnormalities that they detected during the 2020 presidential elections.
And they have stated emphatically that they are going to do this at all cost even though the Supreme Court judges ruled against them which stopped them from reopening their petition case.
This was done by a unanimous decision by a nine-member panel of Supreme Court Judges affirming a seven-member panel ruling that hindered the NDC flag bearer, John Mahama from reopening his election petition case.
Upon dismissing the review application, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah stood to the earlier ruling that the petitioner has not showed how the evidence he seeks to solicit from the EC Chairperson will help to define the case.
Justice Kwasi Anin said that the arguments brought up by the counsel for the petitioner are not different from those raised when he asked to reopen his case and subpoena the EC Chairperson.
Adding that a review jurisdiction should not be seen and used as an emotional reaction to an unfavorable judgment.
Sammy Gyamfi, the NDC’s Communications Officer spoke to the media after Monday’s proceedings. He said the judgement didn’t go as expected therefore it’s disappointing but the party will explore other avenues available to get what they want.
He insisted that the inconsistencies that have been detected by the NDC led by John Dramani Mahama must be clarified by the EC and if they will not get that at the Apex Court, then alternatives modus would be implemented.
“Knowing the principles of law and statues that our Parliament has passed that the Court has previously applied are not being applied in this case so in our opinion we are not being treated fairly and we are disappointed but the decision of the court is what prevails.
“And it is an emphatic yes. to the question if we are going to explore other alternatives and avenues. We mean it when we say we are going to fight this matter to its logical conclusion,” Mr Gyamfi noted.
But reacting to this, the Spokesperson of the 2nd respondent in the election petition, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah described as interesting the NDC’s decision to explore other options.
According to him, the counsel of President Akufo-Addo has consistently suggested to the petitioner, Mr Mahama other alternatives if accountability from the EC boss is what he wants.
“We have been arguing that if you [petitioner] want accountability generally, you can come to Parliament, the Parliamentary Committee of Enquiry that can look into whatever matter that you bring, you can come under the Right to Information Act, asking for a particular information.
“So it is interesting that at the end of the case when we are all wondering where the evidence that they were supposed to provide to you is, they are now opening up to you that they are willing to consider other avenues,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Court has set Thursday, March 4, 2021, as the day of judgement.