Tsatsu may continue cross-examination “till thy kingdom come” – lawyer

President of the Legal Advocacy Foundation Dr Maurice Ampaw has commended parties embroiled  in the Supreme Court’s hearing on the landmark suit disputing results of the 2012 presidential polls.

He says all parties have comported themselves well so far though he singled out the panel, saying they have done exceptionally well.

Speaking on TV3’s Midday Live on Friday, May 10, 2013, Dr Ampaw mentioned that he does not see any end in sight regarding the cross-examination of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the principal witness of the petitioners, by Tsatsu Tsikata, lead counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“He will continue till thy kingdom come,” Dr Ampaw said.

He explained that the auditing of the pink sheets as directed by the Court is an auxiliary case to the petition and such trend may continue throughout Mr Tsikata’s cross-examination.

Already, Mr Tsikata’s cross-examination has taken seven days.



Quarshie-Idun continues cross-examination of Dr Bawumia on resumption of Election Petition hearing

The cross-examination of second petitioner and star witness for the petitioners, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, will continue on Monday, April 29, 2013 when hearing of the Election Petition resumes.

The Petition is challenging the declaration of President John Dramani Mahama as winner of the 2012 Presidential Polls.

So far, Dr Bawumia has been led by his counsel, Phillip Addison, to deliver evidence regarding the affidavit filed at the Supreme Court.

He was subsequently cross-examined by Tony Lithur, lead counsel for the first respodent.

James Quarshie-Idun, lead counsel for the second respondent, will continue cross-examining Dr Bawumia on Monday after praying the court on Thursday, April 25, 2013 for hearing to be adjourned, citing fatigue. He started cross-examining the 2012 Vice Presidential candidate on sixth day of hearing after Mr Lithur had taken four days to cross-examine Dr Bawumia.

The landmark election petition was filed on December 28, 2012 originally against the Electoral Commission (EC) and John Dramani Mahama. However, a joinder application later filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was accepted.

As a result, an amended petition from Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (1st Petitioner), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia (2nd Petitioner) and Jake Obetsebi-:amptey (3rd Petitioner) cites John Dramani Mahama as the 1st respondent to their suit while the EC and the NDC are the 2nd and 3rd respondents.

A nine-member panel is hearing the case.

Members of that panel are Justice Julius Ansah, Justice Sophia Adinyira, Justice Rose Owusu and Justice Jones Dotse.

Others are Justice Annin Yeboah, Justice Baffoe-Bonnie and Justice N. S. Gbadegbe.

The rest are Justice Vida Akoto-Bamfo and Justice William Atuguba, the presiding judge.