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Election Petition: Tsatsu Tsikata Seeks Review of Supreme Court’s Decision On Jean Mensa



Tsatsu Tsikata is seeking a review of the decision by the Supreme Court that reaffirmed the stance of the first respondent (Electoral Commission Chairperson) not to testify in the ongoing Election Petition trial.

Mr Tsikata, Counsel for the Petitioner, (former President John Dramani Mahama), said the Court made fundamental errors of law in the February 11 decision and same had occasioned “a miscarriage of justice against him (the Petitioner).”

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The Petitioner said those fundamental errors of law constituted an exceptional circumstance to warrant the review application.

On February 11, 2021, the Supreme Court dismissed an application by the Petitioner to compel the Chairperson of the EC to mount the witness box to be cross-examined on her witness statement.

The Petitioner, after closing his case, wanted the Court to compel the first respondent, Mrs Jean Mensa to mount the witness box to be cross-examined after they had closed their cases.

The court, however, in a unanimous decision, held that in a civil trial, it could not compel a party to mount the witness box.

The seven-member panel said the court’s inherent jurisdiction did not require it to extend its powers beyond what the law had stated.

It further noted that although the EC boss had been mandated to play a constitutional duty, a new set of rules of the court could not be set for her.

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“We will not yield to counsel’s invitation to compel the first and second respondents to mount the witness box,” the court said.

Lawyers for the EC and President Nana Akufo-Addo had said they had closed their case and were not calling any witness in the trial after the Petitioner had called three witnesses and closed his case, though they had filed witness statements.

Justine Amenuvor, the Lead Counsel for the EC, cited Order 36 Rule 43 and Constitutional Instrument (CI) 87 Rule 3(e)5, Section 62 subsection (2) of the Evidence Act to support his position.

He said the EC would not require further evidence to determine the matter before the court after the petitioner closed his case.

He argued that it was the Petitioner who brought them to court, led evidence, and closed his case after calling three witnesses.

“We don’t think we have anything to say. If he has a good case, he should go ahead and be happy dancing. We pray the court to uphold our application,” he said.

Akoto Ampaw, the Lead Counsel for President Akufo-Addo, associated himself with the EC Counsel’s submissions, arguing that the Petitioner’s Counsel’s arguments, opposing the action not to call witnesses, were “misconceived.”

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He said the stand taken by his client rather worked in favour of the Petitioner.

Under the English Law, a party could raise or notify the court that “it does not intend to adduce evidence in a trial” and same should be done timeously, he said.

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“We are of the view that in the light of CI 37, we are entitled not to adduce evidence. The Petitioner could tender our witness statement as hearsay evidence,” Mr Ampaw said.

Mr Tsikata, however, objected to the EC’s position, which he saw as “evasion of cross-examination,” adding that Mrs Mensa, who represented the EC, had made it known to the court that she would be mounting the witness box to be cross-examined.

He said the EC Chairperson explicitly stated that in her affidavit in opposition to the Petitioner’s stay of proceedings and application for interrogatories.

“The EC chairperson made representations to the court and she cannot resign from those representations,” he said.

Mr Tsikata said Mrs Mensa had carried out a particular responsibility of conducting election 2020 and she ought to render account for that.




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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