Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2012 Elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, must be declared winner, if duplicate serial numbers on pink sheets will be done away with in the collation of results by the Electoral Commission, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said while throwing light on his affidavit evidence in court on the second day of hearing the Election Petition.
Dr Bawumia, who is a second petitioner in the suit challenging the December 7/8 Elections and a running mate for Nana Addo during the elections, stated that if the Electoral Commission will annul results of polling stations where there were duplicate serial numbers, John Dramani Mahama, flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will poll 41.96 per cent overall while NPP’s Nana Addo will poll 56.65 per cent.
He also noted that on the grounds of overvoting, there would be a run-off as John Mahama will amass 49.3 per cent while his party’s candidate Nana Addo will get 49.1 per cent.
According to Dr Bawumia, the EC prior to the elections was emphatic of the illegality of any results that will come from a polling center where overvoting would take place.
“This phenomenon of overvoting was one that the EC was emphatic on,” he told the court.
He added that 1,826 polling stations out of the over 11,000 stations where malpractices took place recorded overvoting.
“We will like the court to annul the votes because they are illegal,” he said.
“The findings will have a material effect on the results,” he stressed.
Dr Bawumia’s findings also indicated that there would still have been a run-off if results from polling stations whose pink sheets were not signed by presiding officers were done away with.
“John Dramani Mahama would have had 49.52 per cent while Nana Akufo-Addo would have had 48.96 per cent.”
During cross-examination by Tony Lithur, counsel for first respondent John Dramani Mahama, on Thursday, Dr Bawumia admitted bringing duplicate pink sheets to the court room though he did not use them in his analysis.
Hearing has been adjourned to Monday, April 22, 2013 for Mr Lithur to continue his cross-examination.