General Secretary for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has disclosed that the opposition party is unable to provide his party’s calculated valid votes in the Presidential Election in favour of his Presidential Candidate, John Dramani Mahama.
At the end of the cross-examination by the Counsel of the 1st respondent, Akoto Ampaw over the witness statement given by Asiedu Nketia, the Bench of the Supreme Court sought to find out three things from the witness but he could not provide.
One of the judges from the Bench in an attempt to get a clear understanding of the witness statement filed by the NDC Chief Scribe asked for the calculation done by Asiedu Nketia as coordinator of the election for his party on the total valid vote cast in the Presidential Election on 7th December 2020 but he told the Supreme Court that his party has reserved the calculation for a meeting to recognise with the figures of the 1st respondent.
“…those calculations are reserved for a meeting for us to reconcile with the figures because the 1st respondent herself keep changing the figures…I have not brought that figure to court”, Asiedu Nketia told the Supreme Court judges.
General Mosquito, as affectionately called in politics, in answer said that to the best of his knowledge, it was difficult to know which figures of the 1st respondent are correct and for that matter, he does not have the figures in the court.
“When we discovered this discrepancy, it was difficult to even know which figures are correct…I don’t have them here”, he told the Bench of the Supreme Court.
The NDC Chief Scribe again told the Bench of the Supreme Court he does not have in court the total valid vote cast for the 2nd respondent, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo when the Bench sought to know from the witness if he personally calculated the total valid vote of the 2nd respondent.
“I don’t have those figures in court the total valid votes cast for the 2nd respondent”, NDC General Secretary told the Supreme Court.
Touching on the witness statement on the pen drive as part of his exhibition, Asiedu Nketia told the Bench that he did not know what was on the pen drive as at the time he filed his witness statement until he appeared in the witness box on Monday, February 1, 2021.
“As I said, honestly I haven’t seen the pen drive and its contents till today and I was relying on the hard copies. The evidence is gathered by our elections directorate and the legal directorate. I didn’t exhibit any pen drive as evidence on the witness statement”, he told the Supreme Court.
“I have all the hard copies of the document and because of time pressure, I was discovering the pen drive today and that is why I indicated that I have not seen it”, he explained to the Bench of the Supreme Court.