On the next adjourned date in the Presidential Election Petition, the spot light will be on the Electoral Commission, the second respondent, to account for some 241,000 voters whose eligibility have been questioned by the petitioners.
Director of Communications of the NPP, Nana Akomea said the EC now has the responsibility to explain to the Supreme Court the different figures it gave for the total number of voters on the electoral roll.
The EC initially announced that 13,917,366 voters were registered for the election but that figure increased to 14,158,890 after the election.
In a petition to challenge the results of the 2012 elections as declared by the Electoral Commission, the Presidential candidate of the NPP Nana Akufo-Addo, his vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and the NPP Chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey said the EC must explain to the court how 241,524 voters were added to the electoral roll without the political parties knowing.
In its response the EC said after the conduct of registration of Foreign Service officials, students abroad on government scholarship, other Ghanaians working abroad in International organisations and the late registration of service personnel returning from international peace keeping duties, the total number of registered voters increased to over 14 million.
The petitioners who were not convinced as to how the registration of the above listed individuals could amount to 241,000 filed interrogatories requesting the EC to furnish it with the total number of voters in the foreign missions.
In its second response, the EC gave the total number of voters abroad to 705 which fell far short of the 241,524 gap.
It however added two new categories, insertions made at 400 registration centres and the EC’s District Offices of the names of persons who claimed to have voter ID cards but had been inadvertently omitted and secondly date recovered from damaged registration machines and back up on pen drives as reasons for change in the total number of registered voters.
Speaking on Joy FM and Multi TV’s Newsfile programme, Saturday, Akomea said the responses by the EC raises a lot of concerns.
He said on the next adjourned date the EC would have to explain the “huge gap” in its own figures it provided to the public.
He said several other auxiliary evidence gathered so far show massive irregularity in the 2012 elections.
He said so far there has been 937,000 over votes- ballot papers counted exceeded the papers issued- over 641,000 voted without verification and over a million cases of same codes and serial numbers for different polling stations, a phenomenon which he said is abnormal in the country’s polls.
Nana Akomea posited the party has evidence for all these cases and will be presenting them in court.
But in a reaction, Ras Mubarak, who is a member of the government’s communications team said the NPP can plot all they want, grin all they want, John Mahama will remain the president of Ghana for the next four years.
He said the NPP’s decision to go to court is a clear contradiction to the flagbearer’s commitment to accept the results of the 2012 general elections.
Ras Mubarak said the NPP are just sour losers who should give Ghanaians a break.