Thanks to Tsatsu Tsikata, the lead counsel for the petitioner in the ongoing election petition. In fact, truth be told. Following closely the court proceedings over the past few weeks is not only entertaining. Aside the anxieties and the suspense that characterized hearing, we can also boost of some level of education.
Except you are not following proceedings, I'm certain you have your story to tell. Come with me let me take you down to some key lessons one is expected get himself abreast with as the petition hearing remains in progress.
Right from the onset, we are all aware it's going to be a tough legal battle. We expect to see a display of legal prowess from the various lead counsels representing the petitioner (John Mahama) and the two respondent (EC and Akuffo Addo).
In fact, at some stage, it turns into an affair of "bring it on if you can" and at some certain stage, you will feel the affair of "don't think I'm dead yet, I'm still in the game". Public opinion was also effectively on display. It continues to pass its own judgement where necessary.
In fact nothing actually escape the lenses on public opinion as Ghanaians continue to share their divergent opinions on whatever transpired in the court room on a day of court hearing.
This is to tell you the kind of interest Ghanaians have in the pending case before the court. But let me ask. What have we so far learnt since the beginning of the petition hearing?
Well, believe you have your story to tell. But here are keys lessons we cannot relegate to the background.
The first is perseverance. Yes, the spirit of never giving up is heavily characterized with the petition hearing. Looking at it from the petitioner's angle, we cannot hide the fact that, the petitioner proofs to be unstoppable.
Regardless of the obstacles that come their way, there is always a standby option. The petitioners heavily prepare of multiple options and that continue to always keep them in the game.
We cannot easily relent and let go with the little setback. The odds must be defied and the fight must continue.
One other lesson is in the fact that, we must not in any way allow any element to destruct our core functions. We must be glued to that thing we want to do and nothing more. This was factored and derived from the cross examination of the petitioner's second and third witness.
And the third and my favourite one of all is the legal grammar that is currently trending in the legal space. Thanks to lawyer Tsikata. He called it Subpoena. Being my first time of hearing the word, I made up my mine to dig and find out more.
This is what I found. "A subpoena is a written order to compel an individual to give testimony on a particular subject, often before a court, but sometimes in other proceedings (such as a Congressional inquiry). Failure to comply with such an order to appear may be punishable as contempt.
It is pronounce suh.pee.nuh / or Su.pii.na. The word was introduced to Ghanaians by lawyer Tsikata when he filled an application to compel the EC chair into the witness box.
Just in case you happen to be among those who even though, continue to hear the word on the tongue of the lawyers but do not understand, here you are with the true meaning of the word Subpoena.
Keep your legs crossed and expect nothing but the best lessons as we dive into the election petition hearing and get you all that matters to you.
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Author: Seth K. Nartey
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