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The Majority in Parliament have 125,000 less votes than the Minority; how? - Addison asks
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline|Edwin Appiah          Published On: August 7, 2013, 00:11 GMT
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The Majority in Parliament have 125,000 less votes than the Minority; how? - Addison asks

Philip Addison, counsel for the Petitioners challenging the election of president Mahama in the Supreme Court has cast further doubts on the credibility of the 2012 election results as declared by the E.C.

Philip Addison argued this position Wednesday during his final oral address to the Supreme Court hearing Ghana’s Election petition.

The lawyer drew comparisons between the total votes obtained by MPs on the Majority side of Parliament and those on the Minority and said the figures were curious.

"The 1st Petitioner obtained a total of 5,248,898 votes as against a total of 5,248,882 by all NPP Parliamentary candidates, showing a difference of 16. However the 1st Respondent obtained a total of 5,574,761 as against 5,127,641 by all NDC parliamentarians, showing a whopping difference of 447,120. This huge difference cannot be explained away by what is popularly called 'skirt and blouse' voting because the NDC had a majority in Parliament. This majority in Parliament is curious and undermines the one man one vote principle enshrined in Article of the Constitution because a majority of Ghanaians voted for the NPP parliamentarians who now find themselves in the minority in Parliament. The NPP candidates garnered 121,241 votes more than their NDC counterparts who now are in the majority in Parliament."

Counsel for the Petitioners suggested that it is curious for a minority NPP in Parliament to have 125,000 votes more than the NDC majority in Parliament.

He said this situation could not be attributed to skirt and blouse which is a case in which voters vote for a presidential candidate of a party but not for the parliamentary candidate of that same party and vice versa.

He said this is because the NDC are the majority in Parliament. He added this anomaly undermines the principle of one man, one vote.

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