18 February 2013

Ghana: E.C's Sums Fail to Add Up - Nana Akomea

Photo: Akufo-Addo Campaign
A rally of the opposition New Patriotic Party. (file photo)

Nana Akomea, Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party, says the sums so far assembled by the Electoral Commission to explain how 241,000 people from overseas were captured on the Biometric Register, do not add up.

Consequently, the Electoral Commission now has the responsibility of explaining the differences in the sum total of registered voters it initially announced, and the total that Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan's outfit finally announced to the hapless people of Ghana.

The EC initially announced that 13,917,366 were captured on the register, but that figure was amended to read 14,158,890 after the election of December 7 & 8, 2012.

In their petition to the Supreme Court, the flagbearer of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and party boss Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey asked the Electoral Commission to explain how it came by the extra figure of 241,524 votes added to the electoral roll without informing the various political parties which contested the elections.

In its response, the EC said after the conduct of registration of Foreign Service officials, students abroad on government scholarship, other Ghanaians working abroad in international organisations and the late registration of service personnel returning from international peace keeping duties, the total number of registered voters increased to over 14 million.

The petitioners, who were not convinced as to how the registration of the above-listed individuals could amount to 241,000, filed interrogatories requesting the EC to furnish it with the total number of voters in the foreign missions.

In its second response, the EC gave the total number of voters abroad to 705, which fell far short of the 241,524 gap.

It, however, added two new categories, insertions made at 400 registration centres, and the EC's District Offices of the names of persons who claimed to have voter ID cards, but had been inadvertently omitted, and secondly data recovered from damaged registration machines and back-up on pen drives as reasons for change in the total number of registered voters.

Speaking on Joy FM and Multi TV's Newsfile programme on Saturday, Akomea said the responses by the EC raises a lot of concerns.

He said on the next adjourned date, the EC would have to explain the "huge gap" in its own figures provided to the public.

He said other auxiliary evidence gathered so far show massive irregularity in the 2012 elections.

He said, so far, there have been 937,000 over votes ballot papers counted exceeded the papers issued -over 641,000 voted without verification and over a million cases of same codes and serial numbers for different polling stations, a phenomenon, which he said, is abnormal in the country's polls.

Nana Akomea posited the party has evidence for all these cases, and will be presenting them in court.

But in a reaction, Ras Mubarak, who is a member of the government's communications team, said the NPP can plot all they want, grin all they want, John Mahama will remain the president of Ghana for the next four years.

He said the NPP's decision to go to court is a clear contradiction to the flagbearer's commitment to accept the results of the 2012 general elections.

Ras Mubarak said the NPP are just sour losers who should give Ghanaians a break.

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