The Wenchi High court has in the matter of election petition filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) contesting the Parliamentary election of the Techiman South Constituency granted the request of the NDC for the Electoral commission of Ghana (EC) to present the original copies of collation sheets to the petitioner for inspection, contrary to what happened at the supreme court in the 2021 presidential election petition.
Readers could recall that, in the 2021 Presidential election petition, the petitioner, John Dramani Mahama through his counsel requested for similar documents for inspection. The request was that, the EC must produce the original copies of what was termed as the form 12 and form13.
The respondent challenged and opposed the request. The supreme Court in a 7:0 decision threw out the petitioner's request, saying, the duplicate copies of the said documents of which the petitioner has is as good as the original.
However, at the Wenchi High court level, which is dealing with Parliamentary election, the court has refused to take a cue from the Supreme Court's precedent as it has compelled the EC to produce the originals for the petitioner's perusal.
The EC was also instructed to ensure that the original copies are made available by 2pm on April 19, 2021.
Citi News’ Michael Tsatsu Axolu, has since reported that the EC had complied after a first attempt failure.
Could this be a game changer for the NDC as it seeks to take over the seat from the NPP through the petition?
The litigation continues.
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