Friday, January 29, 2021, saw, in the midst of the warmth, a few snapshots of giggling in the Supreme Court, when observer for the petitioner, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, went ahead in an interrogation work out.
Mr. Nketia was one of two observers introduced by John Dramani Mahama in the Election Petition Hearing, challenging the presentation of the Electoral Commission (first respondent) in the December 7, 2020 surveys, and the assertion of a success for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (second respondent).
Subsequent to introducing his observer articulation to the court on Thursday, January 28, 2021, the court continued with the interrogation practice where Lawyers of the first and second respondents alternated examining the assertions as introduced.
It was a fairly intriguing period, as Asiedu Nketia didn’t neglect to dole out some humor in the midst of the strain.
Request for calculator:
The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) mentioned an adding machine to empower him add figures to present his defense while being questioned by lawyer for the first Respondent.
Lawyer Justin Amenuvor had brought up issues about erroneous conclusions of figures the extent that complete legitimate votes introduced by the petitioner were concerned. He contended that the complete substantial votes as caught on all structures endorsed by their representatives will add up to 1,196,751 and not 1,236,940 as composed on the structure.
To this, Mr. Nketia who conceded that he couldn’t promptly recall the absolute figures mentioned that he finds the opportunity to add the figures once more.
He was introduced a number cruncher by the first respondent’s lawyer after which he started his figurings. Partially through, he stopped and said; “It shows up your number cruncher isn’t… .” Laughed and proceeded.
This whole situation started brief chuckling in the court room.
Mr. Asiedu Nketia, was again posed inquiries in regards to an investigation introduced by the petitioner such that the first respondent was off base with figures in regards to the Techiman South outcomes prompting a wrong affirmation.
Lawyer Amenuvor put it to the observer that the petitioner’s examination of the patterns on that day weren’t right. Aseidu Nketia protested this, keeping up that the examination was done dependent on data introduced by the first respondent – EC Chair, Jean Mensa on December 9, 2020.
To this, Lawyer Amenuvor demanded that Jean Mensa was correct on the grounds that he (Asiedu Nketia) knew the absolute substantial votes in the political decision as 13,121,111 at the time she was making the affirmation.
Mr. Nketia who demanded he didn’t comprehend the inquiry and why it was being put to him rather than the petitioner who had expressed that said;
“My Lord I don’t comprehend why you appear to be mistaking me for the petitioner. I don’t comprehend,” an explanation which ejected chuckling again in the court room.
“I can’t respond in due order regarding the petitioner, you are asking me inquiries that should be replied by the petitioner and I’m saying that I’m not the perfect individual. I took these figures from the first respondent’s revelation and before they were pronounced, I was unable to have understood what they were announcing,” he said.
It is not in my witness statement:
Mr. Asiedu Nketia was busy again when Lawyer for the second respondent (Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo) took over to interview him in court Friday.
Lawyer Ampaw had put it to Mr. Asiedu Nketia, that during a progression of public interviews, post the political race revelation, had proposed that the petitioner, and flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama, had won the races, and by the ‘votes they had examined, the President-elect”.
To this, Asiedu Nketia had this reaction;
“My Lord, that isn’t in my observer explanation,” starting chuckling during the consultation.
I’m an educator:
Without giving it much thought, while cross examinations were all the while continuous on a similar subject, Mr. Nketia rose up to peruse from his assertion, an Exhibit in his observer articulation as had been mentioned by the cross-inspector, Lawyer Amenuvor.
Now, he was helped by a part to remember the Judge that he could sit and make his introduction to which he reacted, “I’m agreeable, I’m an instructor My Lord,” was his reaction, again to the delight of everybody in the court room.
Mr Asiedu Nketia is quick acquiring a standing of soaking the blazes of pressure during Court procedures after first doing as such during the 2012 political decision appeal.
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