Supreme Court dismisses Mahama’s review application on interrogatories

A nine-member review panel of the Supreme Court presided over by Justice Anin Yeboah has dismissed the review application filed by former President John Dramani Mahama.

Mr Mahama’s application for review was premised on the court earlier dismissal of a request to have the Electoral Commission served to respond to some 12 interrogatories.

However, after hearing the review application, the court unanimously dismissed the review on grounds that it has not satisfied the court with exceptional circumstances to warrant the grant of the application.

The Apex court earlier dismissed a motion moved by the petitioner’s lawyers of seeking to file “an additional ground of review” to the review application on the interrogatories.

Mr Mahama and his lawyers per the motion were seeking leave to “replace paragraph 28 of their original statement of case.

Mr. Tsikata who moved the motion made reference to copious authorities and urged the court to oblige and file their request since it will assist the court to make proper determination of the review pending.

Lawyers of the Respondents all opposed to the motion. While the EC lawyer Justin Amenuvor opposed on point of law, lawyers of the 2nd Respondent Akoto Ampaw argued their case out.

The enhanced review panel chaired by Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, in its short ruling said, the application was premised to invoke inherent jurisdiction of a lead court.

The court said, the jurisdiction of the court cannot be invoked in the manner that the applicant was asking the court to do.

The application was subsequently dismissed.