A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court presided over by Justice Anin Yeboah has refused a request by lawyers of former President Mahama, the petitioner in the 2020 Presidential election case, to allow the EC to respond to some 12 questions they consider relevant to the matter.
The court in its ruling said the interrogatories raised were discretionary and therefore the Supreme Court does not see it as relevant to the petition before it.
In court on Tuesday, Lawyers of former President John Dramani Mahama were seeking leave of the Supreme Court to allow the electoral commission respond to some 12 interrogatories(questions) to expedite the hearing of the election petition.
But the court refused the request.
The questions for which the petitioner was seeking answers to from the EC include how was collations done from the constituencies to the regional collation centres?
When the EC boss got to realize she made mistakes in the declaration she made on December 9? Whether all presidential party agents were informed about the decision to correct, and If they signed to it.
In the view of the petitioner, led by Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata, if the EC is allowed to answer those questions, it will narrow down the petition before the court for expeditious hearing.
Lawyer for the EC Justice Amenuvor opposed to the request and said what the petitioner is asking is already set out in the law and prayed the court to refuse the request.
Following the refusal of the request, the court has directed the parties to file their issues set out for hearing by 9am on Wednesday, January 20.
The parties are to return to court tomorrow for the Case management Conference or the pre-trial hearing.