KPMG Detects Duplication Of Pink Sheets

KPMGNii Amanor Dodoo, Head of Audit Practice, partners of  KPMG, an international audit firm, yesterday told the Supreme Court hearing the 2012 presidential election petition, that there were some repetitions, duplications and overlaps in the counting of the pink sheets.
He admitted that the information was received  from the Registrar of the Supreme Court.

Nii Dodoo made the admission during cross-examination by Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to him, the Registrar told him that the exhibits  represented what the petitioners had filed.
Witness said the Registrar informed him that before the counting began, the petitioners came to provide some details on the exhibits which were then not available to him (Registrar).

He admitted that the report captured where there were same exhibit numbers but different polling stations names.
Witness agreed to Mr. Tsikata’s suggestion that some polling station code numbers were repeated 23 times, and added that in some instances, they were repeated five times, six times and sometimes 10 times.

He also agreed with Mr. Tsikata that those repetitions had accounted for the increase from 8,675 to 13,926 and prayed the court to deal with 8,675 and not 13,926.

During cross-examination, Justice Rose Owusu, a  member of the panel, intervened and told Mr. Tsikata that if he had any challenges with the report, he should make them known to the court in his address, instead of asking witness to confirm the details.
Witness, in reaction to another question, said the referee on daily basis gave the entries made to representatives of the parties who acknowledged their being part of that process.

Nii Dodoo said none of the petitioner’s representatives at any point of the count challenged any entry made for being wrong.
Witness also said there was no time the petitioners made reference to the fact that the Registrar’s set of pink sheets were incomplete.
When  he took his turn to cross-examine, Tony Lithur, counsel for President John Mahama, indicated that his cross-examination was to drum home the fact that there was confusion in the labelling of the exhibits.

When he told witness that his checks had indicated that polling station codes had been differently labelled,  witness said he was aware that the petitioners had reduced the number of polling stations they were contesting.

Nii Dodoo, in reaction to a question, said he could not tell whether or not other pink sheets exhibits were introduced by the petitioners.
Mr James Quarshie-Idun, counsel for the Electoral Commission, on taking his turn to cross-examine witness, asked to know the number of pink sheets which  appeared once.  To this, witness answered that there were 9,504 exhibit numbers and 5,470 codes which  appeared once.

Witness said the total exhibits counted was 13,842, while 1,145 of the exhibits could not be counted because they were not legible.
Lead counsel for the petitioners, Philip Addison, will today continue his cross-examination of the key witness of the second respondent, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, the chairman of the Electoral Commission.

The petitioners, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, are challenging the result of the 2012 presidential elections in which the Electoral Commission (EC) declared President John Mahama the winner.

They are contending that gross and widespread irregularities took place at 11,916 polling stations.
The petitioners are, therefore, calling for the annulment of 4,670,504 votes cast at the 11,916 polling stations.

But, President Mahama, the Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), first, second and third respondents respectively, have denied any wrongdoing, and are of the view that the polls were free, fair and transparent and for that reason, the results were credible and accurate.

The nine-member panel of judges hearing the case is presided over by Justice William Atugubah. Other members are Justice Julius Ansah, Mrs. Justice Sophia Adinyira, Ms Justice Rose Owusu, Justice Jones Dotse, Justice Annin Yeboah, Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, Justice N. S. Gbadegbe and Mrs Justice Vida Akoto-Bamfo. - Winston Tamakloe    

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