There is a predetermined agenda to rule against our petition, Ayine tells Supreme Court

Dr Dominic Ayine, a spokesperson for former president John Mahama in the ongoing election petition hearing has described as unfortunate the decision by the supreme court to reduce their issues from five to one.

Speaking during a post-trial interview, Ayine said reducing the petitioner’s issues is an indication that there is a possible predetermined agenda to rule against their petition.

“It is not true that there is only one issue that needs to be determined in this matter, Iam surprised that the supreme court itself having set down five key issues to be determine is now reducing the issue to one, which is whether and the extent to which the evidence that we have led shows that no one got more than 50 percent of the votes in accordance with article 63 of the constitution,” he said.

Dr Ayine added “We have made it abundantly clear in the petition that there were a number of infractions, we are contesting even the constitutionality of the declaration that was made, we are saying that she violated article 23 because she is an administrative body, we have also said the exercise of discretion was contrary to article 296 of the constitution.”

“And to reduce the petition to a single-issue petition is rather unfortunate and smack of a predetermined agenda to rule against the petition in this matter,” he added.

Spokesperson of the petitioner believes the supreme court has done the people of the Ghana a great disservice with its ruling on Tuesday.

“We think that the court by this decision has not done the people of this country a great service, in the sense that Ghanaians are interested in knowing the truth the justices today have not given as a reason to believe that they want the people of this country to know the truth about what happened …why figures kept changing from 9 December.”

Dr Ayine said the country should be worried that public officers like the EC chairperson is being prevented from rendering account of her stewardship.

Listen to Dr Ayine

 Court Ruling 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a motion filed by former president John Mahama to reopen his case in order to call the Electoral Commission chairperson, Jean Mensa, as a “hostile witness” in support of his case.

Giving its reason, Chief Justice Anin Yeboah said Mahama (the petitioner) has not convinced the court that he has fresh evidence that will require reopening of his case hence “the application is dismissed.”

Also, it said a witness who has not yet mounted the witness box cannot be described as a “hostile witness.”

Meanwhile the court has adjourned sitting to Wednesday.

Fred Dzakpata

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