If it was a football match, the scoreline would have read Akufo-Addo/ Electoral Commission – 6, John Dramani Mahama FC – 0, an indication of lopsided performance by the away team which in this case is the first and second respondents – Electoral Commission and Nana Akufo-Addo.
To some people, the rulings cast by the court so far on applications and objections raised by the petitioner in the ongoing election petition hearing gives an indication of what should be expected in the outcome of the substantive case.
These applications, six of them have been dismissed by the court almost by unanimous decisions.
Below are the applications
An application by lawyers for John Mahama to inspect the documents of the Electoral Commission was dismissed by the court on February 3, 2021.
In his reading of the verdict, the Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah stated that “the proceedings so far show that the petitioner has copies of the documents which were the subject of the instant application.
“We are of the view that no proper case has been laid before us to warrant the exercise of our discretion in favour of the applicant,” the CJ declared.
“Order 29 of C.I. 47 which is the basis of this application should not be read in isolation, it should be read in conjunction with Rule 11 of the said Order.”
He added that Section 166 of the Evidence Act 323 of 1975 “makes it clear that a duplicate of a document is admissible to the same extent as the original unless a genuine question is raised as to the authenticity of the duplicate. No issue has been raised against the authenticity of the document in possession of the applicant.”