The leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have paid a visit to the Electoral Commission (EC) office in the Techiman South Constituency in the Bono East Region to demand copies of the pink sheets and collation sheet used to declare the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) candidate, Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah as the Member of Parliament-elect.
According to the party, the EC manipulated the figures in favour of the governing NPP.
Last Thursday, the NDC’s presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama in reiterating his stance not to accept the results declared by the EC said: “We are deploying an additional crack teams of lawyers and senior Party officials to support them [constituency officers].”
“Also, in order not to leave any further infractions unaccounted for, the NDC will continue its meticulous audit of all presidential pink sheets to ensure that the verdict of the people is upheld.”
“These steps will surely lead to our next line of actions within the constraints of our democratic governance process,” John Dramani Mahama indicated. “We want to send a caution to the EC that in line with Regulation 47 of CI 127, they should ensure that election data is preserved for a year, after elections,” Mr Mahama said.
During their interaction, the Returning Officer for the constituency told them to go to the regional office where he had sent the copies including that of the NDC.
On Election Day and during the collation, the NDC raised some objections and the subsequent confusion at the place where the collation was being done called for an intervention by the security agencies.
The NDC insisted that the results were not officially declared by the Returning Officer.
However, the NPP has debunked that assertion and gone ahead to show a video indicating the returning officer officially declaring the results, whilst some men from the NDC attempted to attack and snatch the megaphone with which he was announcing the results.
The video shows a security officer intervening to prevent the megaphone from being snatched.
When the NDC officials from Accra visited the EC’s office, the directive by the Returning Officer for them to go to the Regional Office for it did not go down well with them as they insisted that by law the Returning Officer was the one who was supposed to give them the copy.
The NDC team members who were at the EC’s office included General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia, lawyer Kojogah Adawudu, Lieutenant Colonel Larry Gbevlo-Lartey (rtd), Baba Jamal, Collins Dauda and some others who all tried to impress on the Returning Officer to give them the copy.
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