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Supreme Court dismisses an interlocutory application filed by the petitioner in the 2020 Presidential Election dispute

The Supreme Court has dismissed an interlocutory application filed by Tsatsu Tsikata, counsel for the petitioner in the 2020 Presidential Election Petition, seeking answers from the EC Boss on issues pertaining to the mode of transmission of election results.

Dismissing the application, the Court noted that the interlocutory application was discretional and must also raise relevance.

According to the Court, the application must be relevant and related to the issues between the parties.

“In this case, relevance has not been raised in the application,” the Court held at the pretrial on Tuesday.

The matter has been, meanwhile, adjourned to Wednesday, January 20 for counsels in the matter to file the issues for trial.

The petition, filed by the National Democratic Congress’ candidate, John Dramani Mahama, is challenging the Electoral Commission’s declaration of the New Patriotic Party’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as winner of the election, held on December 7, 2020.

The interlocutory application was seeking answers to 12 questions, including whether or not the National Communications Authority was involved in the transmission of the results.

It also wanted to know when the EC Chairperson, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, realised that there were errors in the Presidential Election results.

Mr Tsikata contended that the answers to these questions would narrow down the issues set out for the trial.

However, counsel for the EC, Justine Amenuvor, opposed the grant of leave for the motion for the interlocutory application.

Meanwhile, sitting has been adjourned to Wednesday, January 20.

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