Call it a yet to be witnessed thriller in Manilla, and you may not be far from the truth; as issues popping up from the ongoing cross examination of the principal witness of the election petition at the Supreme Court, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia by the lead counsel for the third respondents, TsatsuTsikata suggest that, the petitioners have finally arrived at the judicial slaughter house.
In what could have come as big regret in his political life, Nana Akufo-Addo, who is clutching on the election petition as his last resort to achieve his childhood dream, Mr Tsikata sprung a surprise in court yesterday when he referred to a statement made by the first petitioner to shred into pieces the petitioner?s pleadings? for an annulment of over some 4,000, 000 votes.
In attempt to expose the double standards in the petitioner’s claims, MrTsikata asked the star witness if he recalled a statement the first petitioner made some time back to the effect that in an election a vote cast is a sacred and God giving right that must be rated above any of the voting process.
Though, Dr. Bawumia in his usual antics tried to dance around with the ?issue due to the collateral effect and implications it has on their case, he eventually had no choice than to respond in the affirmative after TsatsuTsikata quoted verbatim what Nana Akufo was purported to have said on that faithful Friday, December 28, 2012 immediately after they have filed their petition in the superior court of the land.
Delivering a speech soon after the NPP filed its petition at the Supreme Court, Nana Akufo-Addo, in an enthusiastic mood to woo party supporters and believing the allegation of vote padding and deduction to be true chanted ? In emphasizing the importance of elections, it must be pointed out that the sanctity of the ballot is and must be supreme. In an election, we cast votes, then the votes are counted, the count is collated, the results are announced and formal declarations of the results are made.?
He continued ?In the entire process, we must never forget that it is the casting of the ballot that is sacred, the rest of the activities are at best, administrative duties. The count, the collation, the declaration of results cannot and should not be more important than the sacred, God-given right of a citizen casting his or her ballot. There is only one principle. Elections are about those who cast the vote, not those who count, not those who supervise, not those who transmit and not those who declare. The heart of the democratic process is about those who cast the vote.?
Drawing from the first petitioner?s own statement, it appears he has provided an arsenal for lawyers by the petitioner to nail them or better box them to a tight legal ring that will take a world class referee (judge/s) in a boxing match an odious tax to rescue.
Per Nana Akufo-Addo?s own admission, an individuals vote is such sacred and God giving right that, it would be totally out of place for anybody to prevent somebody from voting or annul a vote, an act Dr Bawumia is leading the petitioners to do
Source: The Al-Hajj