EC forged list of foreign voters – Petitioners

The list of the 705 voters submitted by the Electoral commission as being names of Ghanaians registered in various diplomatic missions abroad to vote in the December 2012 polls, “was actually forged and contained several instances of multiple names and fake identities.”

This was revealed in the affidavit of the petitioners challenging the outcome of the 2012 presidential elections.

On Sunday, the petitioners filed their affidavits with supporting evidence to enable the hearing of the case to begin on April 16.

According to the affidavit filed by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the 2nd petitioner, the list of 705 names from various diplomatic missions abroad furnished by the EC (2nd respondent) contained “51 instances of repeated names to a total of 102.”

Furthermore, many of the names supplied by the EC cannot be found in the general voters’ register presented to political parties before the election, the affidavit alleged.

It stated, “that the scrutiny of some of the voter ID numbers supposedly belonging to some of these foreign registered voters could not be found on the general voters register, that is to say, they were/are fake identities.”

Again, the Supreme Court, in response to interrogatories the petitioners served on the 2nd respondent, had ordered the EC to supply the names and other details of the people it claimed were registered abroad, namely Ghanaians working in foreign missions, Ghanaians working in certain international organizations, Ghanaians students on government scholarships abroad and soldiers on peace-keeping missions abroad.

That list, according to the EC’s earlier answer to the petition, should have been 241,524. However, the EC was able to supply the court with a total list of only 2,883, including the security service personnel returning home.

Dr Bawumia’s affidavit clearly detailing what is believed to be forgery said, “In the list of 705 names from various diplomatic missions abroad furnished by 2nd Respondent in response to interrogatories the Petitioners served on the 2nd Respondent, there were 51 instances of repeated names to a total of 102. In all these instances but one, the two ‘identities’ had the same name, same age, same gender, same location, same assigned polling station but different voter ID numbers. In one instance the name Abudulai Enusah Jamila, a 22-year old, also with New York as location, and a male is found alongside the name Abudali Enusah Jamila, 22-year old, also with New York location but a female. The two were assigned the same polling station but with different voter ID numbers.

“These fake ID numbers for the multiple names also had a unique pattern. For most of them, the pattern was to add “1” to, or subtract “1” from, the 5th digit of the ID number and subtract ‘2’ from the last digit.”

The affidavit further noted that “For example one Abudul-Mumin Bashiru (No. 159 on the list) was given a voter ID number of 1852801842. This same name appeared as number 572 on the list, this time, however, with a completely different voter ID number, 1852901840.”

It also highlighted what the petitioners believe to be a deliberate attempt by the EC to hide the double entries in the 705 list by spreading the duplicate names.

The petitioners also said in their affidavit, “For instance, one Abdul Bassit Ibrahim was placed 11th on the list, while the same name, Abdul Bassit Ibrahim is placed 465th on the list. Similarly, while one Paul Yaw Essel was placed at No. 338 another Paul Yaw Essel was at No. 603. ”