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Election petition: Rojo Mettle Nunoo files to testify for Mahama

Former President John Mahama has filed an additional witness statement ahead of court sitting tomorrow, Friday the 5th of February 2021 in the election petition trial.

The Witness statement for Rojo Mettle Nunoo who was also in the strongroom with Dr Michael Kpessah-Whyte at the EC was filed today.

The thirty-two (32) paragraph witness statement among others said “instead of that pre-arranged transmission system for the regional collation sheets to be transmitted to the head office of the Electoral Commission, what happened part of the time was that one of the Deputy Directors of the EC, Dr. Sereboe Quaicoe, would, from time to time, bring into the strong room what was claimed to be a regional collation sheet. How he got that sheet was not disclosed”.

“My colleague, Dr. Kpessa-Whyte and I, on many occasions, pointed out errors in figures and words on the sheets that were brought in which ultimately affected totals and assigned results. This sometimes led to EC officials making phone calls on the basis of which they sought to explain and correct some of the things we pointed out. I cannot tell to whom those phone calls were made. I cannot tell if the calls were to EC officials or to some other people who were also involved in collation processes. There was no transparent process in this regard,” the witness statement said in paragraph eight.

The witness further states in paragraph 11, “I must admit I was misled by this position of the EC officials into signing the regional collation sheet for the Ashanti Region simply because there was a signature of the agent of the Petitioner at the Regional Collation Centre on that sheet. I later found out from speaking with officials at the party headquarters that what had been presented on the signed collation form was not consistent with a tally of polling station results in the Ashanti Region”.

Mr Mettle Nunoo further said “…yet my colleague and I realized with shock, on our reaching the residence of the Petitioner, that the EC Chairperson was in the process of announcing results. Petitioner naturally asked how this was possible when the same person had sent us with a message for him”.

“Attempts I made to reach the Chairperson of the EC by telephone for clarification proved futile as she had turned off her phones. Clearly, the EC Chairperson had not been transparent and truthful and had taken advantage of the absence of the two representatives of the Petitioner to make a premature and unconstitutional declaration. She acted with extreme bad faith, unfairly, unreasonably and with no regard for due process,” the witness added in paragraph thirty (30) of his witness statement.

Source: Starrfm.com.gh

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