The Supreme Court of Ghana has given John Mahama the second chance to file his witness statements adding that it will not hesitate to dismiss the 2020 election petition if he fails to comply with the court’s order.
Lawyers of Mr Mahama failed to comply with the earlier court order to file witness statements by Thursday January 21.
The seven-member panel of the Supreme Court made it clear today January 26, that it will only listen to any further applications after the petitioner has filed his witness statements and failure to do so would result to the invocation of the sanctions under rule 69 which gives the court the power to dismiss the petition due petitioner’s failure to obey court orders.
However, the Electoral Commission (First respondent) and President Akufo-Addo (Second respondent) had all filed their witness statements by Friday January 22 which were in compliance with the orders of the apex court.
Mr Tony Lithur, one of the lawyers of John Mahama explained that the witness statements was not filed due to an earlier motion he filed asking the court to halt proceedings until the final determination of the review application on a motion for interrogatories which was dismissed by the court.
The court after a recess ordered the petitioner to file his witness statements by Wednesday January 27.
The court has been adjourned to Thursday the 28th of January, 2021.