The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of the Election Petition to Thursday, February 18 after sitting on Thursday, February 11.

The court has also ordered all parties in the case to simultaneously present their closing address before February 17, 2021.

The directive by the court comes after it upheld a joint application by the 1st and 2nd Respondents not to call any witnesses in the ongoing election petition hearing.

Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah who read the ruling said the apex court does not wish to extend its mandate beyond those allowed by law.

“We are minded to state that our jurisdiction invoked in this election petition is a limited jurisdiction clearly circumscribed by law. We do not intend to extend our mandate beyond what the law requires of us in such petitions brought under Article 64 (1) challenging the validity of the election of a president.

“Simply put, we are not convinced, and we will not yield to the invitation being extended to us by counsel for the petitioner to order the respondent to enter the witness box to be cross-examined.

“Accordingly, we hereby overrule the objection raised by the counsel for the petitioner against the decision of the respondents declining to adduce evidence in this petition,” he added.

The 7-member panel of judges made up of the Chief Justice, Anin-Yeboah; Justices Yaw Appau, Marful Sau, Professor Ashie Kotei, Mariama Owusu, Nene Amegatcher, and Gertrude Tokonor adjourned hearing to February, 18, 2021.

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