General News of Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Source: Al-Hajj

Bribery scandal rocks EC, NPP

The 2012 election petition saga

Party offers GHC 30K for blank pink sheets - Top Security man interdicted

Credit: Margaret Jackson

The main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is enmeshed in a fresh scandal as it is alleged to have offered GHC 30,000 to a top security personnel to recruit others to steal blank pink results sheets for the party to enhance their case in a petition they filed at the Supreme Court challenging the legitimacy of President Mahama and the credibility of the 2012 elections that renewed the mandate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.

Credible intelligence information picked up has it that, the top security personnel sought the help of others to steal thousands of blank pink results sheets for a fee of 30,000 GHC from the desperate NPP and their legal acolytes.

According to the source, the officer, whose name has been withheld for now was in the process of recruiting other EC officials to perpetrate this shenanigan on the people of Ghana when his cover was brazenly blown resulting in the investigation of the matter and his subsequent suspension from the EC.

There is anxiety among the top echelon of the EC who are fretful of the likelihood of the issue being leaked to the ever intrusive Ghanaian press and the general public.

Senior officials who were contacted yesterday just before press time were tight-lipped on the incident and have said clearly that ‘they would neither confirm nor deny the story.’

Reality has begun to stare the NPP in the face since the party was ordered by the Supreme Court of the land to provide better and several particulars from the 11,916 polling stations to back their bogus claims of voter fraud in the 2012 Elections by Thursday February 14, 2013. According to a legal luminary with specialization in constitutional law, if the NPP is unable to provide better and several particulars of 4,907 polling stations to back their claims today at the Supreme Court, their case against the EC and President Mahama will be toast. “I bet you the Supreme Court will be forced to throw out the case and the rest will be history.” The NPP sensing this pitfall is therefore, trying any means to pour sand into the eyes of Ghanaians by attempting to get some blank sheets which could be used for anything at all cost.

Meanwhile some observers are watching with keen eyes the activities going on at Buck Press, one of the companies contracted by the EC to print the pink results sheets for the 2012 elections. Information has it that the NPP is trying to solicit the help of some of the printing houses involved in the 2012 Elections to provide them with some blank pink results sheets.