General News of Saturday, 29 December 2012

Source: myjoyonline

99.9% of electoral irregularities occurred in Mahama’s strongholds - Asante Bediatuo

Legal practitioner Nana Asante Bediatu is claiming that about 99.9% of the electoral irregularities identified by the New Patriotic Party, occurred in the strongholds of the NDC and President John Mahama.

According to him, the NPP in its investigations "discovered deliberate attempts" on the part of some Electoral Commission staff, to see President Mahama emerge as winner of the Presidential contest.

A member of the opposition party’s legal team, Nana Asante Bediatuo said there were also attempts to by the EC to increase rejected ballots so as to decrease the valid votes cast which helped President Mahama to cross the required 50% plus One vote to win the elections.

The opposition party, represented by Egbert Faible and Godfred Odame on Friday petitioned the Supreme Court to nullify the declaration of President Mahama as winner of the elections by Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan on December 9, 2012.

Speaking Saturday, December 29, 2912 on Joy News TV’s current affairs programme News File which was also live on Joy FM, Nana Asante Bediatuo said several irregularities affected the outcome of the elections.

He mentioned for instance, the fact that 208,523 votes on the red sheets that were not signed by EC’s presiding officers at polling stations but were counted as valid, amounted to clear violation of the electoral laws, giving support to suggestions that the EC had a hand in President Mahama’s victory.

He said the NPP had petitioned the court to nullify a total of 1.342 million votes from the total valid votes cast, since they were invalid.

He said this will see their candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo poll more than the 50% plus One votes and declared winner, of the Presidential election.

His colleague on the legal team of the governing National Democratic Congress, Abraham Amaliba described the basis of the NPP's case as mere administrative inefficiencies which are policy matters but not legal issues.

Mr. Amaliba said the NPP at a news conference on Friday shortly after filing the suit at the court, sought to incite its supporters into believing that, “their case was the Gospel truth”.

He said the NPP needed to temper the expectations of its supporters instead of giving them false hope.

According to him, the NPP cannot blame the lack of vigilance on the part of their agents at the various polling stations, on President Mahama and accuse the President of "prying" with the EC to manipulate the elections results.