The 2020 Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress Mr. John Dramani Mahama noted with disappointment that, the refusal of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Mrs. Jean Mensa to testify in Court during the hearing of the 2020 Election Petition leaves a bad precedent for the future of Ghana’s democracy.
Speaking at a press conference to address the Supreme Court’s Judgement on Thursday, 4th March, 2021, Mr. John Dramani Mahama said, though the petition to the Supreme Court stood in his name, it nonetheless represented the desire of an overwhelming number of Ghanaians, anxious for answers from the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission as the Returning Officer of the December 2020 Presidential Election.
According to him, Ghanaians were hoping to hear her testify and many are still baffled by the refusal of Mrs. Jean Mensa to be held to account by testifying in this case, unfortunately, with the unanimous
agreement of the justices of the Supreme Court of Ghana. “This vital part of the process to establish the truth and hold Mrs. Jean Mensa accountable was blocked time and again by a protective cordon and firewall that I am sure have confounded many Ghanaians.” He explained.
Mr. Mahama added that, “The refusal of the Chairperson is in sharp contrast to the readiness with which Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, then Chairman of the Electoral Commission willingly testified in the 2013 Election petition filed by then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP.”
Speaking as a Ghanaian, with no legal training, I believe that the refusal of the Electoral Commission Chairperson to testify in this election petition, leaves a bad precedent for the future.
“I disagree with the suggestion of our Justices that an election petition is akin to any other civil litigation and therefore an EC Chairperson, whose functions go to the heart of our democracy, can by a legal sleight of hand avoid accounting for her stewardship in an appropriate forum such as the highest court of the land.” He declared.