General News of Thursday, 18 April 2013
Source: Joy Online
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has been given a thumbs up for his immaculate delivery when he stood in the witness box at the Supreme Court to give his evidence in an election petition challenging the 2012 presidential election.
In his observation of what transpired in court today, the spokesperson for the NPP legal team, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah applauded the performance, and remarked: “Dr Bawumia has done a yeoman’s job today.”
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia did not hold back punches at the Supreme Court and attacked the credibility of the 2012 election results declared by the EC. His testimony was anchored on four main allegations: Over-voting, voting without Verification, lack of signatures on pink sheets by presiding officers and duplication of pink sheet serial numbers.
In his view some of these alleged electoral malpractices especially the allegation of over-voting could fundamentally alter the outcome of the last elections.
Meanwhile, Mr Buabeng Asamoah has told Joy FM’s Top Story that he was “clearly overwhelmed” by the evidence presented in court today.
In his opinion Dr Bawumia carefully went through the evidence and was apt in sorting out issues established in the affidavit to show the court that there were violationS, malpractices and other irregularities in the elections.
The Supreme Court adjourned hearing to Thursday for the principal witness to finish his submission, but Mr Asamoah was not certain if another key witness, Nana Akufo-Addo, NPP presidential candidate in the election, would be in the witness box tomorrow.
But Nana Ato Dadzie, a member of the NDC legal team, was confident Dr Mahamudu Bawumia would not stand the test of time when cross examined.
“Everything that Dr Bawumia has said today is not new to anybody, these are the things that he filed in his affidavit; for now they are still allegations…We are dearly waiting for [the cross examination], we are gunning for it, there are quite a number of interesting points which are very, very debatable. I think that our team is ready to show that this is not a case that should ever have seen the court.”