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2012 Election results must stay as they are, says Nana Ato Dadzie

Nana Ato Dadzie, a member of the legal team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has maintained that results declared by the Electoral Commission (EC) on Sunday, December 9, 2012 were a true reflection of the voting that took place the two previous days.

He said if there were administrative and clerical errors as alleged by the New Patriotic Party (NPP), it is across the board and so  results in NPP’s strongholds could even be affected.

Nana Ato Dadzie was addressing journalists after thirteenth day of hearing of the petition filed by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey.

They are seeking the annulment of some of the results of the elections.

“We have never claimed that the elections were flawed,” Nana Ato Dadzie stressed, adding it is the NPP that have not been satisfied with results of the elections.

He stated therefore that if what the NPP is claiming to be irregularities, violations and omissions are the administrative errors, then the NDC will “defend every polling station and so nobody should push us into a race.”

Ambush

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the petitioners’s counsel, Gloria Akuffo, has accused lead counsel of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of seeking to ambush the Court.

She stressed that the ruling on Tuesday was to allow Tsatsu Tsikata to use some pink sheets to establish the fact that overvoting occurred at other polling stations.

However, it is against the original directive by the Supreme Court for parties to cite exhibits that have been captured in the affidavit evidence, Gloria Akuffo said.

According to her, the NDC are trying to drag the suit unnecessarily.

Hearing is scheduled to continue on Thursday, May 9, 2013.


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Dr Bawumia has shown resilience, Nana Ato Dadzie admits

Member of the legal team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Nana Ato Dadzie has openly shared his impressions of second petitioner Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, stating that the star witness for the petitioners in the dispute seeking to overturn results of the 2012 Elections has been resilient, intelligent and strong.

“Dr [Mahamudu] Bawumia has shown a lot of resilience,” the former Chief of Staff said on TV3 on Monday, April 29, 2013 in an interview with Thomas Adotei Pappoe.

“He has shown that he is very intelligent,” Nana Ato Dadzie added.

“He has shown a lot of strength,” he stressed.

He, however, indicated that the cross-examination of NDC’s lead counsel, Tsatsu Tsikata, will expose loopholes in the evidence submitted by the petitioners.

“From the cross-examination, you can see the depth and precision of Tsatsu Tsikata’s cross-examination of Dr Bawumia,” he said during Day 8’s one-hour lunch break.

The election petition has so far been dominated by cross-check and validation of pink sheets used during the December 7/8 Elections.

Mr Tsikata’s cross-examination of Dr Bawumia will be the last for the respondents after Tony Lithur and James Quarshie-Idun led counsel for the first and second respondents respectively to cross-examine the witness-in-chief.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana