Lawyers for the first and third respondents in the ongoing election petition trial have told XYZ News they will demand explanations from the petitioners as to how come they submitted 13,900 pink sheets (primary electoral records) instead of the 11,842 they had always claimed they submitted.
The Daily Guide Newspaper published on Friday May 24, 2013 that international Accounting and Auditing firm KPMG found more 13,900 pink sheets in excess of the figure that was apparently submitted to the Court.
The firm was contracted to audit the sheets at the instance of Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata, Lead Counsel for the third Respondent, National Democratic Congress, NDC.
He had argued, during his cross examination of the Petitioners’ key Witness, Dr, Mahamudu Bawumia that the Petitioners submitted far less pink sheets than the 11, 842 they had always claimed in open Court.
A member of the Respondents’ legal team Mr. Abraham Amaliba told XYZ News in an interview on Sunday May 26, 2013 that although they are picking similar reports of the number of pink sheets counted so far, they will wait for the referee to present its final report to the Supreme Court before coming out with their next line of action.
He said: “There is no official communication yet; clearly our representatives are also waiting for KPMG to present the report to the court”.
He noted that: “We can only wait for them to present the report before we can make comments on it.”
Mr. Amaliba noted that: “our case has been that we have not been served with 11,000 plus pink sheets, now we are hearing they have counted over 13, 000 sheets; clearly they have to explain how come they filed 11,000 and now there are 13, 000; they will have to explain to the Court.”