Live Text: Day Four of the Election Petition Case

Live Text: Day Four of the Election Petition Case

1000 All is set for Day Four of the substantive hearing. Petitioners’ chief Witness Dr Mahammudu Bawumia mounts the witness box and is reminded of his oath.

10:12am Lithur remarks he has complied with Supreme Court directive to furnish the court with list of polling station exhibits which has been duplicated. He says he complied with “a heavy heart”.

Presiding Judge remarks that the Supreme Court has received it with a “light heart”.

Lithur continues with his cross examination of the petitioners’ chief witness Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and asks if witness can confirm that the exhibits supplied and which are currently before him are the same exhibits supplied by his counsel.

Dr Bawumia answers in the affirmative.

Lithur says there are same pink sheets which have been photocopied twice to make up the numbers.

Dr Bawumia says indeed there are photocopies of same polling stations but have only been analysed once. “All the 47 polling station is zero impact on the analysis,” he says.

Lithur lifts another set of pink sheets to begin a new trend of cross examination.

Presiding Judge, W. Atuguba reminds the counsel for the first respondent to use the “Bulk Haulage” approach and not the piecemeal approach.

Counsel for the Petitioner, Philip Addison requests the panel judges to provide copies of the exhibits submitted by counsel of the respondents in order to be sure that the exhibits provided to the court by the respondents’ counsel are the same ones they provided to the petitioner.

Presiding judge is reluctant. Tony Lithur interjects and asks if the counsel on the other side is suggesting that they the respondents are deliberately photocopying the pink sheets. He takes serious exception to the allegations by Addison but continues with his cross-examination.

Lithur asks if the bulk of pink sheets provided him has been repeated.

Bawumia answers in affirmative but insists they were entered once in the analysis.

Lithur brings another set of pink sheets which he describes as “lot one”. He sends it for perusal by the counsel on the other side. They do so and send it Dr Bawumia.

Lithur asks can you confirm that in lot one, from 37 to 56 have the copies have been repeated?

Bawumia responds in the affirmative the copies have been repeated but were analysed once. He says even if the copies were repeated more than five times they could only be analysed once.

1100 Lithur brings lot two of the pink sheets and sends it round to be perused by counsel on the other side and then to the witness. He asks if the witness can confirm that the pink sheets have been repeated and whether they have been stamped by the Court.

Bawumia confirms the exhibit numbers are the same but were only entered once in the analysis. He also confirms that the pink sheets have been stamped.

Lithur sends lot three of duplicated pink sheets for perusal. Bawumia affirms that the pink sheets have been duplicated but were analysed once.