Ghana’s Electoral Commission joins vote suit by opposition NPP

EC Chairman - Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan
EC Chairman – Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan

The Electoral Commission (EC) has denied claims that the Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the December 2012 elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, won the elections.

In a defence to a petition challenging the declaration of John Dramani Mahama as the winner of the December 2012 elections, the EC maintained that “the petition is without merit” and accordingly prayed the Supreme Court to “dismiss it”.

It has also denied any irregularities and electoral malpractices as well as working deliberately to unlawfully assist President Mahama to win the 2012 Presidential poll and subsequently prayed the court to “order the petitioners to give particulars of the polling stations in which the violations, irregularities and malpractices are alleged to have occurred”.

Touching on allegations of allowing voters to vote without verification, the EC further urged the court to  “order the petitioners to provide particulars of the polling stations in which voting without verification is alleged by them to have taken place.”

A petition to the Supreme Court dated December 28, 2012 which had presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia and Chairman of the NPP, Mr Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, as petitioners states among other things that irregularities recorded in some polling stations favoured the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

According to the petitioners, 24,000 of the pink results sheets from some polling stations indicated that those irregularities were enough to affect the elections

Joined to the petition was the winner of the 2012 Presidential polls, President Mahama while the EC, which conducted the elections was sued as an entity. President Mahama has entered appearance through his lawyers.

In a statement of defence filed on behalf of the EC by Lynes Quashie-Idun and co, filed on January 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm, a few hours after the Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood had sworn in Mr Mahama as President of Ghana, the EC denied the claims by the petitioners that it deliberately denied Nana Akufo-Addo victory.

Responding to the petitioners deductions of 1,342,845 votes from the total valid votes cast and the subsequent claim that those deductions were in favour of Nana Akufo-Addo, the statement urged the Supreme Court to “reject the proposed deductions since neither the formula nor the justification for them has been presented by the petitioners; nor has any indication been given by the petitioners as to how the figures were arrived at”.

On allegations that votes earned by Nana Akufo-Addo were “unlawfully reduced” while votes for Presdient Mahama were “illegally padded” with the sole purpose of procuring victory for President Mahama, the statement replied by praying the court to “order the petitioners to provide particulars of the polling stations in which the alleged reduction and padding took place”.

It stated that the EC declined to halt the declaration of results on December 9, 2012 because the party hierarchy which prayed it to halt the declaration in the presence of members of the National Peace Council was either provided with inaccurate or wrong data by polling agents.

The statement prayed the Supreme Court to reject the petitioners’ allegations since they were based on wrong and inaccurate information.

It, however, conceded that “the figure of 14,158,890 registered voters stated in the declaration of results was an error occasioned by picking the wrong figure. The number of registered voters which should have been picked was 14,031,793” and which was duly posted on the EC’s website.

“In this context, it is important to emphasise that this error has no bearing whatsoever on the total votes cast in the election and, consequently, the valid votes obtained by each candidate. The error would only affect the voter turnout percentage and change it from 79.43 per cent to 80.15 per cent,” the statement explained.

On the petitioners claim of late submission of the voters’ register to the NPP, the the statement denied that allegation and said “the NPP and the NDC, being the two parties with candidates in all constituencies in Ghana, were the first to receive the final voters register from the EC as of November 21, 2012, one week after the Interparty Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting held on November 14, 2012.”

The statement denied the petitioners claims that the total number of registered voters in the Presidential elections exceeded that of registered voters for the Parliamentary elections by 127,210 and held that the same register was used for both the Presidential and Parliamentary elections

It said in a mischievous attempt to buttress baseless accusations made by them to the media, the petitioners deliberately used an erroneous figure of 14,158,880 instead of 10,995,262 as the total number of votes cast in favour of the contesting presidential candidates among others.

The statement accordingly prayed the Supreme Court to dismiss the petitioners allegations since they were without merit.

Source: Daily Graphic

  1. Berimah thomas says

    The supreme court must have a look at any comment from both the NPP and the E.C before coming with any conclusion

  2. Anonymous says

    The results declear is not correct

  3. Victor komoge says

    I want to ask kwadow Afarigyan, quetion, he doing EC job since 1992 , he want to tell me and ghanaians that he is not inprofue the EC job, even before he came out side in form the nation that there is , 13 million peoples a register on the nation, but some dorble figer a pear on the system, but why later he brot this figers on the nation, is he prining to stoling to the NDC. later NPP saw there is rong figers appier some where. Afarigyan could not understang mean why he know he prian he want to doing. but i didnt konw weather is true he stoling to NDC or not, but if is true Afarigyan stoling to NDC and then, the man was get panishedment before he dead. because is very big sin for him. because all ghanaians louse confidece from him now. but i hope the Justice can not doing that, because their swer fi the bible and the nation, if we play fare game and then my God bless them. but if their also try to play any laiyerble their also get paneshedment form God. i hope their not the same like EC Afarigyan. the coloption man.

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