Philip Addison, Counsel for Petitioners
Philip Addison, Counsel for PetitionersA request for an order directed at the Electoral Commission (EC) to furnish petitioners with collation forms for 13 constituencies was yesterday turned down by the Supreme Court.
Turning to President Mahama's affidavit in opposition, Mr Addison
indicated that the President's affidavit in opposition was filed twice, namely on June 24 and June 25, 2013, and further denied assertions that the petitioners' request would open the floodgates for more requests to be made in future.
maintained that each and every application was determined on its own merit and, "therefore, the issue of floodgates being opened do not arise here".
Reacting to the NDC
's affidavit in opposition, Mr Addison
refuted claims by the NDC that his
clients were embarking on a fishing expedition.
also stated that the petitioners would have made the application if they had the full complement of the pink sheets.
Counsel for the NDC, Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, described the petitioners' application as incompetent on the grounds that the rules referred to by Mr Addison applied to election offences and hearing of election petitions at the High Court.
Mr Justice N. S. Gbadegbe at that stage intervened and informed Mr Addison
that the petitioners should have made the application earlier to which Mr Addison
explained later that issues came up later in the day.
Mr Justice Gbadegbe also reminded Mr Addison
that such applications could be brought under "very, very exceptional circumstances".