A Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Yaw Apaw, has told the second witness of the petitioner in the ongoing election petition hearing, Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte that he did not take his training on the elections seriously.
This comes after Dr. Kpessa-Whyte had told the court that the chair of the 1st Respondent, Jean Mensa asked him and his other colleague to leave the strong room during collation of the results.
Lawyer of the Electoral Commission (EC) Justine Amenuvor had told the court that a claim by Kpessa-Whyte to the effect that Jean Mensa asked the representatives of the petitioner in the strong room to leave, is not the case.
Mr. Amenuvor said Kpessa-Whyte and his colleague took the decision to move away from the strong room and not on the instructions of Mrs. Mensa.
But Dr. Kpessa-Whyte insisted during the cross-examination on Tuesday, February 2 that they were instructed to leave the place by the EC chair.
During proceedings, the EC’s lawyer said: “I put it to you that you were not instructed by the Chairperson of the first respondent to leave the room.”
In response, the witness said “My Lords, we were instructed by the first respondents. I have no reason ever to just lie or deceive this honorable court if that was not the case. As I have indicated our leaving there was not in secret.”
Seeking further clarifications on the matter, Justice Apau said “Will it be right to say that by taking contrary instructions from the chairperson of the 1st Respondent, granted what you have said is true, you did not help the course of the petitioner who sent you there?”