The second witness for the petitioner in the ongoing election petition listening to has instructed the Supreme Court docket that they complied with the request by the EC Chair right before leaving the countrywide collation centre.
Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte mentioned with each other with his colleague, Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, they ended up questioned by Jean Mensa to go and see the 2020 NDC presidential prospect, John Mahama, prior to the declaration of the final results of the December polls.
The senior lecturer at the College of Ghana and member of the NDC, built this remark for the duration of cross-evaluation by direct counsel for the Initial Respondent, Justin Amenuvor.
According to him, they still left only to realise the EC boss’ instruction was intended to entice them out of the nationwide collation centre so she can announce the results.
He noted that as a single of the petitioner’s associates in EC’s nationwide collation centre, they discovered quite a few irregularities for the duration of the collation system to which they drew the EC’s attention.
According to him, when he drew the notice of the Mrs Mensa she questioned them to go and check with with their flagbearer [Mahama] on the irregularities they experienced elevated. They took this “instruction” in excellent faith and left the home.
“We only still left on the recommendations of the Chairperson of the Electoral Fee who happens to be the Returning Officer. And we did so for the reason that in the overall performance of our duties as a representative of the petitioner we noticed a number of problems of concern to us which experienced the prospective of undermining or developing issues for the top end result of the elections”.
Although he admitted to not owning received the claimed “instructions” from the EC Chairperson immediately, he extra that they “had no reason not to believe that she was acting in fantastic faith only for us to realise we ended up deceived into receiving out of the place”.
He additional disclosed that Mrs Mensa confident them that she would wait for their return just before the benefits of the presidential election was declared.
Having said that, Dr Kpessa-Whyte, told the apex courtroom that upon leaving, Jean Mensa declared the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Social gathering (NPP), Akufo-Addo as President-elect.
“She claimed she will make sure that she sends a rider to carry us back to the strongroom (countrywide collation centre) simply because of the prospective of site visitors, then, for that reason, when we complete the procedure then the benefits would be announced,”
“Indeed we returned to the put in about 45 minutes to 1 hour only to have the strongroom completely deserted with everything packed out,” he added.