Lawyer for John Dramani Mahama in the ongoing election petition, Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata has told the panel of Judges sitting on the 2020 election petition case to ensure fairness in the hearing process.
Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata was unhappy after the Chief Justice (Anin Yeboah) read the statement of the case management.
Justice Anin Yeboah also set out the rules that will guide the hearing of the election petition case. Right after the hearing, Mr. Tstasu Tsikata indicated that the lawyers must be given the opportunity to make inputs to the case management.
According to him, they filed an application for a review of the interrogatory ruling, but that was not heard. He adds that there are a lot of outstanding issues that needed clarifications before the court can set out its rules for the hearing.
Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata was unhappy and described the situation as unfairness to his side.
“We have just heard the orders you have made. We thought that part of this morning’s sitting was to enable us make presentations to certain things, but it looks like your Lordships have made certain orders.
There is some degree of clarity in our minds as to what it means by preliminary objection”. Mr. Tstatsu Tsikata noted.
Mr. Tstastu Tsikata added that he is expecting the Supreme Court to administer justice, but that should not be sacrificed for expedition.
“But my Lord we have imputes to do even if it’s case management. But with the greatest of respect, we had even filed an application to have a review of the judgment yesterday.
We also have a request to admit facts. There are a number of outstanding issues that have not been discussed.
I do feel obliged to indicate that the timelines provided for us to have witness statements do not seem to be justified.
I don’t know of the schedules provided, but I do also know that your Lordships are yet to administer justice. And that justice must not be sacrificed for expedition”. Lawyer Tstatu Tsikata noted.