General News of Saturday, 2 February 2013

Source: peacefmonline

Supreme Court will rule in favour of Prez Mahama - Kofi Adams

Spokesperson of the Rawlingses, Kofi Adams says he is confident the court will rule in favour of the respondents in the on-going 2012 Presidential election case at the Supreme Court.

Kofi Adams, speaking on Peace FM's "Kokrooko" programme, told the host he believes "at the end of the day, the court will rule [and will rule] in favour of President John Dramani Mahama and the Electoral Commission."

He explained that the Electoral Commission as well as the President underwent all the electoral procedures, therefore stating categorically that the "elections were not rigged."

He further said though there could be some irregularities in the elections as claimed by the petitioners- Nana Addo and his cohort; it could not suggest that the results were fiddled to the advantage of President John Mahama.

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) dragged the President and the Electoral Commission (EC) before the Supreme Court to challenge the 2012 Presidential elections.

The NPP led by its Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice Presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the party's National Chairman, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey petitioned the Supreme Court to contest the results.

Lawyers of the petitioners have indicated that they have evidence to support their electoral fraud claims against the EC and President Mahama.

This year, 28th January, the party disclosed before the court that it had discovered irregularities in 4,709 polling stations across the country.

To them, the irregularities when rectified may boost the performance of their Presidential candidate, Nana Akufo- Addo.

The NPP's position has suffered some defeat as lawyers for the respondents and the third respondent - the ruling National Democratic Congress- have raised questions about the petition.

They have demanded that the petitioners make available details of all the polling stations rife with irregularities.

But the NPP on Thursday, January 31, prayed the Supreme Court to annul 4,670,504 of the valid votes cast during the elections, which they claim were miscounted.

The petitioners also presented new evidence which revealed that the results at almost 12,000 polling stations were wrongly counted.

In an amended petition dated January 31, 2013 filed at the Supreme Court Registry, the petitioners indicated that there were 28 locations where elections were held but according to them, they were not part of the 26,002 polling stations created by the Electoral Commission.

The amended petition also indicated that the 4,709 polling stations where the plaintiffs discovered some irregularities had increased to 11,916.

But according to Kofi Adams, the voting pattern differs from constituency to constituency; explaining that a Presidential candidate may win in a constituency but fail in another, adding that due to this, President Mahama together with the EC could not be said to have rigged the elections.

Kofi Adams therefore expressed no doubts about the court's verdict which he said would prove the legitimacy of the President.