A motion by former President John Mahama requesting to inspect certain Electoral Commission records was denied by the seven-member Supreme Court panel hearing the 2020 election petition.
The six-point-motion demanded compilation forms and summary sheets of all constituencies in Ghana for the originals of all constituency presidential election results.
Among other factors, the court claimed in its ruling that the petitioner has not shown that he does not have the documents they are asking to inspect already.
It is our opinion that if a party is already in possession of a copy of a document referred to in the pleadings of another party, it is not appropriate to request or have the court order to review and make copies of the document in question,
The duplicate copies of these records are admissible to the same degree as the originals in the possession of the second respondent by virtue of the Proof Act, 1975(NRCD 323), s 166.
Meanwhile, the petitioner’s second witness is scheduled to be cross-examined today following Monday’s completion of his testimony by his Tnxs media.
Former President Mahama is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential results announced on 9 December 2020 by the Electoral Commission, which preserved the presidency of President Akufo-Addo.