Tuesday, April 30, 2013

President asks petitoners to provide particulars of 11,916 polling stations

 April 2, 2013 (Page 17)

President John Dramani Mahama, has prayed the Supreme Court to order the petitioners challenging the results of the December 2012 presidential polls to provide particulars in respect of the remaining polling stations beyond the 8,579 polling stations they originally cited.

According to the President, the petitioners challenging his legitimacy had provided particulars for 8,579 instead of 11,916 polling stations, where alleged irregularities took place during the December 2012 presidential polls.

In the alternative, President Mahama through his lawyer, Mr Tony Lithur, is praying the court to order the petitioners to amend their second amended petition, “to reflect the actual number of polling stations in respect of which they have provided particulars.”

This was contained in a motion titled, “application for further orders at the hearing of application for directions,” filed at the registry of the Supreme Court on April 1, 2013 at 3:55 p.m.

The petitioners who had alleged widespread and gross irregularities in 4,709 polling stations in their original petition dated, December 28, 2013; amended the petition and stated that after further examination they had uncovered irregularities in additional 7,207 polling stations, thereby bringing the total number to 11, 916.

The court on February 7, 2013 granted them permission to amend their petition as well as provided further and better particulars on the additional polling stations.

They accordingly filed the further and better particulars on February 12, 2013 but the President’s latest application seeks to indicate that the petitioners provided further and better particulars in 8,579 polling stations.

The court is expected to consider the issues raised by the President at its sitting in Accra today.

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