Ghana’s best legal brain and the most famous lawyer, Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata has come at the receiving end of enormous praise and commendation from the general Ghanaian public as he schools and lectures the supreme court judges on the election petition case during the 2nd day of pre-trial.
John Dramani Mahama and his legal team stormed the Supreme Court for the day two of the hearing of the petition.
The hearing began and the Lead Counsel for the Petitioner, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata raised 12 powerful questions seeking answers from the Chairperson of the 1st Respondent before the Court.
It was a heated debate when a Panel Judge demanded Tsatsu Tsikata to limit his direct address of Jean Mensa. Tsatsu Tsikata, however, argued that most questions can be answered by only a single person and that is Madam Jean Adukwei Mensah.
The Counsel also chided the EC for describing Mahama’s petition as irrelevant. He argues that, the substance of the petition can only be judged by the Court.
Check out the 12 strong questions from Mahama’s legal team to the EC;
1. Was the practice described in paragraph 1 herein followed in respect of the 7th December 2020 elections?
2. Is the 7th December 2020 elections the first time Regional Collation Centres have been interposed between the Constituency Collation Centres and the Headquarters of 1st Respondent?
3. Tsatsu Tsikata also questioned how results were transmitted from the Constituency Collation Centres to the Regional Collation Centres?
4. How were results transmitted from the Regional Collation Centres to the Headquarters of 1st Respondent?
5. Did the National Communications Authority facilitate in any way, the transmission of the results to the Headquarters of the 1st Respondent?
6. When did Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, the Chairperson of the 1st Respondent and the Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, first realized there were errors in figures she had announced in her Declaration of 9th December 2020?
7. How did Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, the Chairperson of the 1st Respondent and the Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, get to realise there were errors in figures she had announced in her Declaration of 9th December 2020?
8. In respect of the purported “corrections” made to the figures in the Declaration of the 1st Respondent, was there any prior process of conferring with agents of the Presidential candidates?
9. Did Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, the Chairperson of the 1st Respondent present Form 13 to all the agents of the Presidential Candidates to sign, and, if so, did all the agents sign?
10. On which date did Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, the Chairperson of the 1st Respondent, post a copy of the Form 13 at the Head Office of the 1st Respondent?
11. Did the 1st Respondent record any discrepancies which were occasioned by computational and mathematical errors in the course of the Collation of the Results?
Mr. Tsikata’s extraordinary performance today has attracted praise from Ghanaians on social media. Below are some of them;
Lawyer Tsatsu said;
"There is only one returning officer which is the chairperson and the chairperson has a name. And i'm being prohibited from mentioning her name?"
— POLITICAL EXPOSES (@PExposes) January 19, 2021