Watch Live Telecast: Day 19 of Supreme Court's hearing of election petition

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Tsatsu TsikataTsatsu TsikataLawyer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Tsatsu Tsikata is continuing with the cross-examination of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Day 19 of the hearing of the election petition.

Mr Tsikata's cross examination has entered the 12th day today - Monday.

The petitioners are contesting the declaration of President John Dramani Mahama as the winner of the December 2012 presidential polls.

At the court’s last sitting Thursday May 16, 2013, Mr Tsikata pulled a list of 32 polling stations from his file and sought to cross-examine Dr Bawumia on them, but Mr Addison opposed the move and said he did not see why Mr Tsikata should cross-examine on documents which did not have primary sources.

According to Mr Addison, what Mr Tsikata was seeking to tender was from the original list the petitioners had provided to him.

Mr Tsikata responded and said the source of his document was the pink sheets. 

At the court's sitting this morning, - May 20, 2013 - it overruled Mr Addison's objection.

The court explained that the list of 32 sought to be tendered was based on questions and answers emanating from the exhibits to which it relates.

It said that was a process fully gone through and that if the evidence relating to it was already on record, the list thereto, which is merely an index to the pink sheets covered by it was merely facilitatory for tracking the evidence already so covered.

Mr Tsikata continued with his cross examination afterwards and tendered the document.

He asked Dr Bawumia to confirm if there was some duplication of some sort but counsel for the petitioners, Mr Philip Addision raised an objection.

He said counsel cannot proceed to ask questions on a document that was not before the court and argued that if it was the wish of the court for Mr Tsikata to go ahead then he prayed similar courtesies would be extended to the petitioners if the time comes.

The panel of judges asked Mr Tsikata to clarify the sort of document he had in his possession and he said it was based on a list of exhibits provided by the witness and on which he has a number of questions to ask.

The objection by counsel for the petitioners was overruled.

Mr Tsikata then provided another list for
Dr Mahamadu Bawumia to peruse.

The court  went on a short recess whiles the witness peruse the document. But when later the court realised that the witness could not readily finish perusing the documents it adjourned to Tuesday May 21, 2013 for the cross examination to continue

Watch the live telecast of the hearing of the case at the Supreme Court of Ghana. Courtesy:GTV


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