Election Petition: Kpessa-Whyte to appear in witness box Tuesday

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The Second witness for the petitioner, Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte is expected to mount the witness box for his cross-examination on Monday February 1.

This comes after the cross-examination of the petitioner’s first witness, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia ended on Monday.

Video tapes of former President John Dramani Mahama, Mr Asiedu Nketia, Peter Otokonor Boamah and Sammy Gyamfi, in which they were captured claiming that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) won last year’s elections, were played in the Supreme Court in the ongoing hearing of the election petition.

Lawyer for the 2nd Respondent, Mr Akoto Ampaw had told the court that he wanted these tapes played in order to establish the lack of credibility of one of the witnesses of the petitioner, Mr Asiedu Nketia.

The petitioner is asking the apex court to order a rerun of last year’s elections.

Lead counsel for the petitioner, Tsastu Tsikatu objected to the Mr Ampaw’s move to play the tape but the court granted the request and accordingly the tapes were played.

When confronted with his comments on the tapes as against the relief the petitioner is seeking in court, Mr Nketia said “I implied that I expected President Mahama to win the elections.

“Every evidence  was pointing at president  Mahama’s victory  and in fact, My Lords,  permit me,  in all the 7 parliamentary and presidential elections  that have been held  in this country  before this one  the presidential candidate  and the political party which wins and controls  parliament ends up winning the presidency.”

At end of proceedings on Monday, Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah said the hearing has been adjourned to Tuesday for the next witness to be cross-examined.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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