Friday, January 29, 2021, witnessed, amidst the heat, some moments of laughter in the Supreme Court, when witness for the petitioner, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, took his turn in a cross-examination exercise.
Mr. Nketia was one of two witnesses presented by John Dramani Mahama in the Election Petition Hearing, contesting the performance of the Electoral Commission (1st respondent) in the December 7, 2020 polls, and the declaration of a win for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (2nd respondent).
After presenting his witness statement to the court on Thursday, January 28, 2021, the court proceeded with the cross-examination exercise where Lawyers of the 1st and 2nd respondents took turns investigating the statements as presented.
It was a rather interesting period, as Asiedu Nketia didn’t fail to dish out some humour amidst the tension.
Request for calculator:
The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) requested a calculator to enable him add figures to make his case while being cross-examined by lawyer for the 1st Respondent.
Lawyer Justin Amenuvor had raised questions about miscalculations of figures as far as total valid votes presented by the petitioner were concerned. He argued that the total valid votes as captured on all forms signed by their agents will amount to 1,196,751 and not 1,236,940 as written on the form.
To this, Mr. Nketia who admitted that he could not readily remember the total figures requested that he gets the chance to add the figures again.