Below is the full judgment announced by the President of the nine-member Bench, Justice William Atuguba
Well, this is the decision we have arrived at:
Upon a scrutiny of the petition, we found that the issues to be determined are as set out at page 125 of the counsel for the petitioners’ written address were as follows:
1. Over-voting, 2. Voting without biometric verification, 3. Absence of the signature of the presiding officer, 4. Duplicate serial numbers, that is to say occurrence of the same serial numbers on pink sheets for two different polling stations, 5. Duplicate polling station codes, that is to say occurrence of different results of pink sheets for polling stations with the same polling station codes, 6. Unknown polling stations, that is to say results recorded for polling stations that are not part of 26,002 polling stations provided by the second respondent in the petition.
We unanimously dismiss the claims relating to duplicate serial numbers, duplicate polling station codes, and unknown polling stations that is for short.
Atuguba, Adinyira, Baffoe-Bonnie, Gbadegbe, and Akoto-Bamfo, dismiss the claim of over voting.
Atuguba, Adinyira, Baffoe-Bonnie, Gbadegbe, Akoto-Bamfo, dismiss the claims relating to absence of signature of presiding officer.
Atuguba, Adinyira, Dotsey, Baffoe-Bonnie, Gbadegbe, Akoto-Bamfo dismiss the claim relating to voting without biometric verification
Ansah, Owusu and Anim Yeboah grant all the three claims, that is to say, over voting, absence of presiding officers’ signature and voting without biometric verification, annul the votes involved and order a rerun of the affected areas.
Dotsey JSC grants the claim of over-voting but has provided a road-map in his judgment as in the figures of votes to be ascertained and cancelled and a re-run of the areas affected.
Dotsey JSC upholds the claim relating to absence of presiding officers’ signatures on the pink sheets cancels the results concerned and orders a rerun of the areas affected.
Baffoe-Bonnie JSC grants the claim of voting without biometric verification cancels the votes involved and orders a rerun of the areas affected.
In the circumstances the overall effect is that the first respondent was validly elected and the petition is therefore dismissed.
Our various judgments for the sake of convenience are handed over to the registrar of this court.
We highly commend the services of KPMG, the referee appointed to undertake the count of the pink sheet and also the counsels on all sides of this case.
That is our judgment.