President John Dramani Mahama
The Supreme Court will on Tuesday sit on the case in which lawyers of the President and the Electoral Commission (EC)are requesting Nana Akufo-Addo and two others challenging the 2012 election results to furnish them with 'further and better particulars'on their petition
The respondents to the petition filed a motion, praying the Supreme Court to direct the petitioners to furnish it with “further and better” particulars of polling stations the alleged irregularities took place.
Speaking to Citi News
, a member of the NDC’s legal team Abraham Amaliba says the petitioners have raised some objections to the Electoral Commission and the President’s requests saying it will mean handing over their evidence to the respondents.
“Both the EC’s lawyers and the President’s lawyers are asking for further and better particulars from the petitioners. What this means that they are requesting the petitioners to give them specific information on the allegations they made,” he stated.
Mr. Amaliba further disclosed, “The petitioners have said that there was over voting and some people were allowed to vote without biometric clarification so the lawyers for the EC and the president are asking the court to make an order directed at the petitioners to provide them with the names of those polling stations where the alleged over voting took place.”
The motion, which was filed on the president's behalf on January 22, 2013, further urges the court to order the petitioners to state the number of votes cast in favour of Nana Akufo-Addo in said polling stations and/or constituencies, as well as the total number of polling stations and/or constituencies where votes cast in favour of President Mahama were alleged to have been "illegally padded."
He is seeking an order directing the petitioners to supply the court with "the identities, offices and, if applicable, political affiliation or other connection to any of the parties herein of the persons who it is alleged illegally padded the results" in his favour.
The president has also requested "the identities, offices and, if applicable, political affiliation or other connection to any of the parties herein of the persons who it is alleged ‘unlawfully reduced’ the results of the 1st Petitioner."
President Mahama, who insists he won the elections freely and fairly under the watchful eye of the media and domestic and international election observers, is asking the court to order the petitioners to cite "the name and code of each polling station, constituency and region where it is alleged that voting took place without biometric verification", as well as the number of voters in each polling station who voted without biometric verification.