Supreme Court to continue hearing on Election Petition today

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Mr Tony Lithur, counsel for President John Dramani Mahama, is expected to continue cross examining Dr Mahamudu Bawumia when the Supreme Court reconvenes Tuesday morning to continue hearing the election petition case currently before it.

Dr Bawumia, running mate to Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 general election, is Second Petitioner in the case.

Before the Court adjourned on Monday evening, Mr Lithur who had been cross examining Dr Bawumia, had requested for an independent referee to undertake a full count of the number of ‘pink sheets’ tendered in evidence by the petitioners.

Both Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Mr James Quarshie Idun, counsel for the Electoral Commission, supported Mr Lithur’s request for a full audit of the sheets, since those sheets formed the evidence on which the petitioners’ case was based.

They maintained that there was the need to verify the number of pink sheets in contention to ascertain whether it was 8,421 as alleged by the respondents or 11,138 as claimed by the petitioners.

Mr Philip Addison, Counsel for the petitioners, had replied that although his clients were not opposed to the audit of the pink sheets, it was necessary to go further and audit the total number of votes as well.
“We are also of the view that there should be an audit of the polling stations and the votes. For us what is important is the number of votes, not so much the number of polling stations.” he had stated.

The Court, however, over-ruled the respondents’ request for an audit of the pink sheets. Mr Justice William Atuguba, Presiding Judge, said the issue of a full count was rather premature as it did not affect the case for now.

Justice Atuguba, however, indicated that counsel for the respondents were at liberty to reapply.

Three leading members of the NPP, namely Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Mr Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, NPP Chairman are praying the Court to nullify the Electoral Commission’s declaration of President John Mahama as the winner of the December 2012 election, citing statutory violations and irregularities.

President John Dramani Mahama, the Electoral Commission and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are the respondents in the case currently before the Court.

Hearing continues. GNA

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