12 July 2013

Ghana: 'I Don't Know How Multiple Serial Numbers Came About'

The Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) has identified some electoral polling station result sheets (Pink sheets) in the December 2012 presidential election, having the same serial number.

Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, also indicated that the pink sheets were related to different polling stations.

The EC chairman was yesterday, responding to cross-examination from Mr. Philip Addison, lead counsel for petitioners in the election petition filed before the Supreme Court.

Witness told the court, presided over by Justice William Atuguba that he could not understand how the multiple pink sheet serial numbers came about, since only two sets of pink sheets were printed for the 2012 presidential election.

He, therefore, denied the assertion made by lead counsel of the petitioners that the EC printed four sets of pink sheets for the presidential election.

Other panel members include Justices Julius Ansah, Sophia Adinyira, Rose Owusu, Jones Dotse, Anin-Yeboah, Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, Sule Gbadegbe and Vida Akoto-Bamfo.

The 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Party National Chairman, Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey are in court challenging the declaration of John Mahama as winner in the 2012 Presidential election by the EC.

Petitioners have sued John Mahama and the EC, but the National Democratic Congress (NDC) were later made a party to the case after the court accepted their request to join the issue before the court.

Petitioners were asking the court to annul 4, 670,504 votes, representing votes cast in 11,916 polling stations across the country for what they termed" gross and widespread irregularities" recorded during the December 2012 Polls. Meanwhile, petitioners have currently reduced the number of polling stations they are challenging to 11,138.

However, the respondents have denied the assertions of the petitioners, noting that the results of the election as declared were credible.

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