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Election Petition: Seven Times Supreme Court Judges Ruled in Favour of Jean Mensa and Nana Akufo-Addo Which Made Mahama’s Lawyers Lost



The seven justices (and sometimes nine judges) hearing the 2020 Election Petition have been called upon on 10 occasions to rule on various issues.

These are matters that have seen lawyers representing the respondents (EC and President Akufo-Addo) take positions contrary to that of the petitioner, John Mahama.

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The seven judges hearing the case are Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, Justices Yaw Appau, Marful Sau, Nene Amegatcher, Prof. Kotey, Mariama Owusu, and Gertrude Torkonoo .

They have on two occasions been joined by Justices Amadu Tanko (both occasions) and Prof Henrietta Mensa Bonsu (once) and Lovelace Johnson (once).

Tsatsu Tsikata

The rulings so far;

All the court’s decisions in the last few weeks have been unanimous 7-0 and 9-0 on three occasions.

  1. First it unanimously granted the petitioner’s request to amend the initial petition i.e correct minor mistakes that did not affect the substance of the petition.

Mahama’s lawyers move to correct errors in 2020 election petition

2. It unanimously dismissed a request for interrogatories to be served. These were 12 questions they wanted the EC Chairperson to answer

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Supreme Court dismisses Mahama’s 12 interrogatories for the EC

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3. Constituted as a nine-member panel, it unanimously dismissed a request to substitute a paragraph and add additional ground in a push by the petitioner to have the interrogatories ruling reviewed.

Allow me to demonstrate further that your ruling was contrary to law – Mahama to Supreme Court

4. This nine-member panel also unanimously dismissed the review of interrogatories ruling itself.

Supreme Court dismisses Mahama’s application to review ruling on interrogatories

5. The original seven-member panel by a unanimous decision struck out portions of the petitioner’s witness (Asiedu Nketia) statement (seven paragraphs) while maintaining three parts following a request by the Respondents.

Election petition: Supreme Court strikes out 7 portions of Asiedu Nketia’s statement

6. This panel also unanimously dismissed a request by the petitioner for documents to be inspected.

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Supreme Court dismisses Mahama’s application to inspect 6 EC documents

7. The panel unanimously struck out five parts of 32 paragraphs of the petitioner’s witness statement (Mettle-Nunoo)

Supreme Court strikes out 5 paragraphs from Mettle-Nunoo’s witness statement; 27 maintained

8. The panel unanimously rejected the petitioner’s request to compel the EC to call Jean Mensa to testify.

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We cannot compel Jean Mensa to give evidence – Supreme Court judges 

9. The panel unanimously dismissed the petitioners request to reopen his case.

You cannot reopen your case – Supreme Court dismisses Mahama’s application

10. The enhanced nine-member panel dismissed the petitioner’s request that it reviews its decision not to compel Jean Mensa to testify.

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Jean Mensa cannot be compelled to testify – Supreme Court affirms earlier ruling

From the above, it is only on one occasion that a request by the petitioner has been wholly granted.

This was the request to correct mistakes.

The petitioner’s viewpoint has been partly upheld on two occasions when it came to striking out portions of witness statements.

The legal arguments of the respondents have however swayed the judges seven times.

Two judges are expected to join the seven to hear another review motion seeking to set aside the court’s unanimous decision that did not allow the petitioner to reopen his case.




What governments all over the world are doing after COVID



What governments all over the world are doing after COVID in 2022.

One of the most important ways that societies intervene to buffer the adverse consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage is through the provision of social assistance. Social assistance refers to government programs that provide a minimum level of income support to individuals and households living in poverty.

When people talk about people receiving public assistance – food stamps, disability, unemployment payments, and other government help – they often have stereotypes and inaccurate perceptions of who those people are and what their lives are like.

This view of some people is affecting policy for the growing ranks of our nation’s poor, says a new report from a joint project from Save the Children and the Center for American Progress. The report compares the U.S. means of measuring economic opportunity and poverty with the experience of other countries, including five peer nations on the same income scale. It shows that people in many peer countries are given assistance as a matter of public policy, and these nations tend to view welfare programs as a short-term emergency measure.

Many countries like the U.S and spend significantly more taxpayer money on assistance than peer countries. After a few years of assistance, people on welfare in the U.S. have a much more difficult time finding jobs, according to the recent National Survey of Transitional Assistance Providers. These programs lend support either in the form of direct cash transfers or through a variety of in-kind benefits (e.g. food stamps and rent subsidies). Social assistance has been shown to strengthen the purchasing power of the poor and raise their material standards of living.

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However, the government does not provide these social assistance programs to ensure marginalized populations are treated fairly, the report says. In fact, U.S. policy determines participation by significant factors, such as the stigma associated with poverty.

Many social programs determine eligibility before a person’s need for support. They include the U.S. Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides an additional tax refund to working families. Similarly, these benefits are made available only to the poor, as with food stamps and Medicaid eligibility. The report finds positive signs.

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Throughout the world, government assistance helps increase your odds of getting a job, incorporates receiving benefits (by lowering the barriers to receive), raises your wages, and reduces the chances of falling into poverty. This means people who receive the assistance are less likely to experience long-term poverty.

Some nations take a deliberate approach to the provision of social assistance because they view the social support system as integral to promoting social and economic mobility. In many cases, straight into the workforce programs and an expansion.

Access to jobs is crucial to moving families out of poverty. Unemployment and disability, for example, only benefit people when they work. A policy reform could make the social safety net more effective.

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Nigeria Warns Of Possible Eid Al-Fitr Bomb Attacks



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Nigeria’s secret police have warned of possible bomb attacks during celebrations for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In a statement, spokesperson Peter Afunanya said the Department of State Services (DSS) had uncovered a plot by suspected gangs to carry out attacks on critical infrastructure, places of worship and recreation centres.

The warning comes after recent explosions at bars in the north-eastern states of Taraba and Yobe that killed several people.

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A splinter faction of Boko Haram known as Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said it carried out the attacks.



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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland



Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

The Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has cut off all gas deliveries to both Bulgaria and Poland after both countries refused to start paying for the supplies in roubles.

Earlier, both Polish and Bulgarian energy providers said they had received official notices from the Russian gas supplier that deliveries were due to be cut.

Gazprom’s announcement comes after some confusion earlier this morning, when data showed gas supplies into Poland through Belarus temporarily reduced to zero before resuming.

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Bulgaria’s gas network had also said the country was still receiving Russian gas as of this morning.

We are yet to see any data of gas volumes into Poland or Bulgaria since Gazprom’s announcement just now.




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