Election Petition: SC denied Mahama same opportunity it gave respondents – Kumbuor

A former Minister of Defence Dr Benjamin Kumbuor has said Mr John Dramani Mahama was denied the opportunity that was given to the respondents in the election petition hearing at the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court dismissed the petition filed by the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr Mahama.

The apex court said the petition was without merit. During proceedings, the 1st Respondent, the Electoral Commission failed to elect to testify in the case on the heels that the burden of proof was on the petitioner.

The court accordingly agreed with the position of the 2nd respondent to that effect and ruled that witnesses cannot be compelled to testify in a case.

Touching on this matter while speaking at a lecture series organised by the Centre for Social Justice on Thursday March 18, Dr Kumbuor who is also a former lawmaker for Nandon said “If you watch the nature of this case closely with the absence of evidence of the respondent, they used cross examination as a tool to elicit evidence that the Supreme Court relied heavily on and that opportunity was not given to the petitioner.

“Because the one information they were looking for which they claimed was not provided and that the burden was not discharged by the nature of the evidence they gave. Is it jot certainly the case that cross examination would have brought out that evidence?”

For his part, the Campaign Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020 elections, Mr Peter Mac Manu asked political parties to recruit competent polling agents for future elections.

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He also urged the parties to train and retrain those recruited to ensure that they do not commit serious unpardonable errors that could cause problems for them in the polls.

He said the just-ended election petition hearing has taught the political parties many electoral lessons.

“Political parties should continually train and deploy competent people to serve in their interest as polling agents,” he said.

He added “It will also be a lesson for the Electoral Commission, political parties and major stakeholders to correct certain mistakes made during the 2020 elections.

“The EC must train and retain its permanent and temporary staff on electoral issues and systems.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana