NPP files petition at Supreme Court to challenge Presidential Election results declared by EC

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that the decision by the party to challenge the results of the just-ended elections was to ensure an improvement in Ghana's electoral system.
He said he had spent most of his adult life in fighting for Ghana's democracy and human rights, which had contributed to electoral reforms since 1992.

Addressing a news conference in Accra Friday shortly after filing a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the 2012 presidential election, Nana Akufo-Addo said the election was about those who cast their ballot and not those who supervise the process neither was it for those who count and declare results.

The plaintiffs are Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, Presidential candidate of the NPP in the 2012 elections, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, Chairman of the NPP and Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, running mate of the NPP presidential candidate.

 

Nana Addo said what the NPP had uncovered after its investigations casts doubt on the credibility of the electoral system and that the petition was to deepen "our democracy by ensuring that the Electoral Commission is accountable to the people of Ghana".

According to Nana Addo, the NPP was seeking to uphold the sanctity of the ballot and see the Supreme Court as the final arbiter in the case.

He described the votes for the NDC presidential candidate as "dubious counts" which was fraught with arithmetic mistakes to favour the NDC.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said prior to the clean up of the electoral register, there were 14,031,608 registered voters and wondered why that number increased to 14,158,890 when the clean up was rather expected to reduce the numbers.

He said NPP uncovered discrepancies between the presidential results and the parliamentary results.

He described the irregularities as massive and pervasive which favoured the NDC and said 24,000 of the pink result sheets from some polling stations indicated that those irregularities were enough to affect the results.

Adducing more figures as evidence Dr Bawumia in a power point presentation said in one polling station 614 people cast their vote without being verified and added that some polling stations had the same unique serial numbers, which should not be the case.

According to him, there were 620,443 more ballots cast than what was on the voters register and that 456,933 people voted without verification.

 

He said 50,278 sheets with same serial numbers, 208,523 ballots not authenticated by presiding officers and 3,841 votes identified whose words and figures did not match.

In all 1,340,018, according to Dr Bawumia were fraudulently added to the election results in favour of the NDC.

Story by Sebastian Syme