June 24, 2013 (Lead Story)
audit firm, KPMG, has completed auditing the pink sheets at the heart
of the election petition challenging the declaration of President John
Dramani Mahama as the winner of the 2012 Presidential election.
The company is expected to present 15 copies of the final report to the registrar of the Supreme Court before 9 a.m. today.
Each of the nine justices of the court will be given copies, and so will all the parties in the case.
The extra copy will go to the Judicial Secretary.
This was disclosed to the Daily Graphic by a Senior Partner of KPMG, Mr Joe Winful, in Accra yesterday.
The Statement of Poll and Declaration of Results forms, also known as
pink sheets, have been at the heart of the election petition because
the petitioners — the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party
(NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; his running mate, Dr Mahamadu
Bawumia, and the Chairman of the NPP, Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey — have
alleged that gross and widespread irregularities took place on the face
of the pink sheets from 11,842 polling stations.
Although they insist they supplied 11,842 pink sheets to prove claims
of over-voting, persons voting without undergoing biometric
verification, some presiding officers not signing the pink sheets and
some polling stations having the same serial numbers, the respondents
allege that they were not supplied with 11,842 pink sheets.
The petitioners are currently relying on 11,115 pink sheets to make
their case for the annulment of more than four million votes.
Realising the controversy surrounding the actual number of pink
sheets supplied to the Supreme Court Registry would not die down, the
court, on May 9, 2013, appointed KPMG to audit the pink sheets.
KPMG completed auditing the first set of pink sheets submitted to the
Supreme Court Registry, issued a draft report on it and requested
parties in the petition to respond to the draft report, but the court,
on June 5, 2013, directed that the pink sheets of the President of the
panel, Mr Justice William Atuguba, be used as control in the audit.
As a result of that, the Supreme Court, on June 13, 2013, adjourned
proceedings to today to enable the audit firm to complete its work to
allow parties to rely on the report to make their case for and against
the annulment of more than four million votes.
“We will defend our work”
Mr Winful declined to disclose the content of the report on the
grounds that the firm was appointed by the Supreme Court and it was only
fair that the court be allowed to see the content first.
“We have done our professional work diligently and are prepared to
defend our work when called to testify in the case,” he emphasised.
“We worked thoroughly and tirelessly, including weekends and
sometimes up to 2 a.m., in order to finish the work on time,” he
Reacting to the widely circulated report that lawyers for the
petitioners had called for a meeting with the KPMG, Mr Winful explained
that the meeting actually took place on Friday, June 21, 2013.
He indicated that the meeting was to iron out a few issues before the issuance of the final report on the audit.
The hearing of the substantive petition began on April 17, 2013.
So far, Dr Bawumia and the General Secretary of the National
Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, have testified for
the petitioners and President Mahama, as well as the NDC, respectively.
The Chairman of the EC, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, began giving his
evidence-in-chief on Thursday, May 30, 2013 and is currently being
cross-examined by Mr Philip Addison, the lead counsel for the
The 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 some 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.