01November2014

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Election Petition: Supreme Court adjourns hearing until April 18

The Supreme Court has on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of the election petition until Thursday April 18, 2013 after the second petitioner, Dr Mahamadou Bawumiah, gave his evidence in court.

Dr Bawumiah standing in the witness box tells the court he has gathered enough evidence as the chairman of the committee assigned to investigate the alleged irregularities in the December 2012 general elections and that does not allow him to accept the results declared by the Electoral Commission which pronounced John Dramani Mahama as the winner.

Dr Bawumiah raised four concerns as basis of the evidence and prays the Supreme Court to pay particular attention to them.

The concerns he raised were: Over Voting; Voting without Biometric verification; Duplication of Serial Numbers on pink sheets, and lack of signatures of Presiding Officers.

The running mate of Nana Akufo Addo, Flagbearer of the 2012 elections noted that at particular polling stations the total votes cast in the ballot boxes exceeded the total number of voters in those polling stations.

He also mentioned that over 500 persons voted at some polling stations including Nadowli Kaleo, Bekwai experimental JHS without being verified.

At some 1,039 polling stations, he noted, presiding officers failed to sign pink sheets which recorded 705, 305 votes cast.

He indicated that 9,921 polling stations had the same serial numbers instead of having exclusive serial serial numbers and that has affected 3, 924, 824 votes in these polling stations.

Counsel for the Electoral Commission (EC), Quarshie-Idun, objects Dr Bawumiah’s evidence charging him for introducing materials that had not been pleaded in evidence.

The Court then adjourns hearing until tomorrow, Thursday April 2013.

Three leading members of the NPP; Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, Flagbearer of the 2012 general elections, Dr Mahamadou Bawumiah, His Flagbearer and  Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, the National Chairman of the NPP are in court challenging the results of the 2012 presidential.

They allege that the winner of the elections, John Dramani Mahama, conspired with the EC to declare him winner.

The case has become one of the significant events in the political history of Ghana.

Source: www.myradiogoldlive.com