A Deputy Chairman of the Electoral Commission has revealed that the EC paid its lawyers well to do a good job in the 2020 presidential election petition.
Although Dr Bossman Eric Asare did not tell how much the electoral body paid its lawyers, he was emphatic about the amount compensating them for their sterling efforts in the Supreme Court.
“I wouldn’t say we swerved the petitioner because we went to court, and when you go to court, the lawyers will tell you that you use all the strategy at your disposal. I think our lawyers did a great job. When you take a lawyer, you have to pay, so we paid him to do a good job for us,” he said.
The Amenuvor & Associates, with its lead counsel and former secretary of the Ghana Bar Association, Justin Amenuvor, represented the Electoral Commission.
He is credited for not allowing the Electoral Commission Chairperson to testify, leaving former President John Mahama, the petitioner’s witnesses’ testimony, to determine the strength of the case.
Justin Amenuvor during the trial told the Supreme Court justices he will not put up any witness although he had earlier filed a witness statement.
He argued that after the testimony of Mr Mahama’s witnesses, there was no need to put the EC Chair in the dock.
This move became an Achilles’ heel for the petitioner’s lawyers, who did all he could to convince the justices to make the EC Chair mount the witness box.
Speaking to Emefa Apawu, host of The Probe on JoyNews, Dr Bossman Asare said its lawyers deserve commendations for safeguarding the election 2020 presidential results.
He also said the Commission led by Jean Mensa also provided its Counsel adequate information to prosecute its case, which eventually resulted in the justices dismissing the petition, saying it lacked.
Dr Bossman Asare said the Supreme Court’s verdict validated the yeoman’s job of the Electoral Commission and a clear indication that the election management body must continue its good job to consolidate the successes chalked.