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I have no basis to change results as announced – Afari Gyan
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline|Edwin Appiah          Published On: July 16, 2013, 17:00 GMT
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I have no basis to change results as announced – Afari Gyan

Dr. Afari-Gyan

Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan says he has found no basis to alter election results despite several claims by the Petitioners of massive fraud.

The E.C made this conclusion while under cross-examination by counsel for the Petitioners Philip Addison on Day 45 of an Election Petition hearing.

The Petition brought by leading members of the NPP seeks to overturn presidential election results in favour of their candidate Nana Akuffo Addo.

On Day 45, which was expected to be the last day of his cross-examination, Philip Addison, Counsel for the petitioners took the witness through an analysis prepared by his clients that quantifies claims of irregularities.

He claimed that out of 810,827 persons who voted without biometric verification, John Mahama, then candidate for the NDC benefited from 558,236 votes while the NPP candidate Nana Akuffo Addo had 234,161.

Of the 659,135 votes affected by the absence of signatures of polling agents, 447,655 votes went for John Mahama while 197,628 went for Nana Addo.

On duplicate serial numbers, John Mahama is claimed to have gotten 3,499,308 votes while Nana Addo benefited by 1,093,661.

In total, the Petitioners have said all violations amounted to 3,916 385 votes of which Mahama had 2, 612,788 while Nana Akuffo Addo received 2,228,229.

But at every analysis, the E.C Boss has said he cannot vouch for those claims. He mentioned in particular that there was no way of determining which candidate has benefited from an over-vote.

Dr. Afari-Gyan said it is not correct to say that because someone won an election, he is a beneficiary of an over-vote.

Meanwhile, Addison has had to extend his cross-examination of the witness after James Qurashie-Idun counsel for the E.C served fresh pink sheets on the witness for re-examination.

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