The President of the nine-member panel of Justices hearing the election petition case, Justice William Atuguba has warned Dr. Mahmoud Bawumia to be straight forward in answering questions and avoid “theatrics”.
The warning followed a retort from Dr Bawumia-the Second Petitioner in the case-to the EC’s lawyer, Dr. Quarshie Idun during cross-examination of the 2012 Vice Presidential Candidate of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) as far as the results of the 2012 elections were concerned.
Dr. Bawumia, the chief witness in the election petition case has been described by some NDC lawyers as being a bit evasive with his answers and rather resorting to long and winding explanations.
In response to a question posed by Counsel Quarshie-Idun as to whether the petitioners were provided with a voters’ register in November 2012, Dr Bawumia answered in the affirmative and attempted explaining himself further.
However, Justice Atuguba intervened saying: “Your theatricals are superfluous”, adding that: “Give a direct answer to his questions, thats all”.
The NPP’s 2012 Presidential Candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo (First Respondent), together with Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and the Party’s National Chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey is in court challenging the validity of the election results as declared by the country’s electoral commission after the December 7 and 8 general elections.
The petitioners argue that the elections were fraught with unpardonable flaws which must not be left uninvestigated.
They accuse the incumbent party, National Democratic Congress of conspiring with the EC to steal the elections for President John Mahama.
They therefore, are praying the Court to set aside and nullify the EC’s results which declared President Mahama as winner of the presidential poll.
They want the court to annul 4,670,504 of the valid votes cast during the election at 11,138 polling stations where they claim a lot of anomalies occurred.