May 16, 2013 (Lead Story)
The international accounting firm,
KPMG, which has been appointed by the Supreme Court to conduct an audit
of pink sheets, has agreed to conduct the exercise for free.
Mr Justice William Atuguba, the
presiding judge of the nine-member Supreme Court hearing the election
petition challenging the legitimacy of President John Dramani Mahama,
officially announced the position of KPMG at the court’s sitting in
Some officials of the audit firm were present in court and were acknowledged by the presiding judge.
KPMG did not make public how much it would have charged for the
exercise, some industry analysts put it around $100,000.
announcement, therefore, puts to rest the numerous speculations on the
amount and whether or not the parties in the dispute would have had the
financial wherewithal to foot the bill.
Parties in the petition and the audience in the courtroom received the news with loud applause.
the Registrar of the Supreme Court has invited representatives of the
petitioners and the respondents to a short meeting on the Supreme Court
premises in Accra today.
At the meeting, final modalities are expected to be laid down for the conduct of the audit of the pink sheets.
former Deputy Attorney-General and leader of the petitioners’ legal
team, Ms Gloria Akuffo, and a member of the NDC’s Legal and
Communications Team, Nana Ato Dadzie, confirmed the scheduled meeting to
the Daily Graphic yesterday.
Pink Sheets Controversy
issue of the actual number of pink sheets submitted by the petitioners
to the court and the parties has been in controversy since last week.
lawyers for the petitioners insist they provided 11,842 pink sheets
from polling stations where alleged gross and widespread electoral
malpractices took place during the December 7 and 8, 2012 presidential
election, the respondents’ legal teams contend they received less than
The petitioners have since the beginning of the
hearing deleted 704 pink sheets and are currently relying on 11,138 pink
sheets in their final analysis.
Counsel for the President, Mr
Tony Lithur, for instance, argues that he received 8,579 pink sheets,
while counsel for the NDC, Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, says his client had taken
custody of 8,000 pink sheets served on it by officials of the court.
EC, for its part, has not come out clearly on the number of pink sheets
it has received, but its lawyer, Mr James Quashie-Idun, has also
informed the court that his client has received less than 11,842 pink
Following the tenacious disagreement among the parties on
the actual number of pink sheets submitted, the court, on May 9, 2013,
in consultation with parties in the case, ordered that an audit be
conducted of the pink sheets.
KPMG will conduct the audit, in the presence of representatives of the parties in the case.
It will then submit the final report to the court after the completion of the audit.
hearing of the substantive petition, which has the presidential
candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo;
his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and the Chairman of the NPP, Mr
Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, as petitioners, began on April 17, 2013.
Bawumia, who is the star witness for the petitioners, has since been
led by Mr Philip Addison to complete his evidence-in-chief. He has been
cross-examined by the lawyers for the President, Mr Tony Lithur, and Mr
He is currently undergoing cross-examination by Mr
Tsikata, who maintains that Dr Bawumia duplicated pink sheets to deceive
However, Dr Bawumia denies that assertion and argues
that nowhere did the petitioners duplicate pink sheets in the final
analysis on the alleged widespread and gross irregularities in the
December 2012 presidential election, which is on a CD-Rom.
Tsikata, who has been cross-examining Dr Bawumia for the past 10 days,
is expected to enter day 11 of his cross-examination today.
court is also expected to rule on whether or not to permit Mr Tsikata to
cross-examine witnesses of the petitioners who have given their
evidence in the form of sworn affidavits.
petitioners have alleged that the December 7 and 8, 2012 presidential
election was fraught with malpractices of over-voting, non-signing of
pink sheets by presiding officers or their assistants, voting without
biometric verification and duplicated serial numbers of pink sheets.
However, President Mahama, the EC and the NDC have denied that any such irregularities occurred during the election.