Philip Addison Accuses EC of Causing Financial Loss To The State.
Lead lawyer for the petitioners challenging the results of the 2012 presidential elections at the Supreme Court, Philip Addison has accused the Electoral Commission (EC) of causing financial loss to the state by printing excess pink sheets and ballot papers.
“Dr. Afari Gyan, I am suggesting to you that by printing a duplicate set of pink sheets for the presidential election, 2012, you have in fact caused financial loss to the state… Dr. Afari Gyan, I am suggesting to you that those pink sheets cannot be used for any purpose whatsoever,” he said.
But a member of the panel of Judges advised the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Afrai Gyan who is the key witness for the second respondent not to answer the question.
Mr. Addison further asked what the Commission will do with the 27,000 plus booklets to which the Chairman of the EC responded that his outfit “will keep them in our custody.”
The lead counsel for the petitioners also asked, “in the hope that the same candidate will stand the next time around in the same order?”
However, the counsel for the second respondent, Qurashie Idun objected to the follow up question on “grounds of relevance.”
But a member of the panel of judges responded that issues of relevance of will be determined by the court.
Dr Afari Gyan then answered the question saying, “I do not know who the candidates will be for our next election… there is always an element of wastage built into the calculation of election materials.”
He also admitted to the fact that duplicate set of pink sheets were only printed for the presidential elections excluding the parliamentary which caused the excess of 27,000 booklets.