The Electoral Commission (EC) has expressed utter shock and disappointment at the voter turnout in this year’s general elections.
According to the Chairperson of the commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, the voter turnout is 49% based on collated results from 210 constituencies out of 275.
A total of about 15,712,499 eligible voters were expected to participate in the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.
The 49% voter turnout is the lowest since Ghana returned to multi-party democracy when its first election was held in 1992.
“We are pretty disappointed at the turnout so far, based on the collated results from 210 constituencies. The provisional turnout for the election is about 49%. This is way below our history in elections, and it is quite disappointing” Mrs. Charlotte Osei said in a short press briefing.
Declaration of Results
The Electoral Commission Chairperson, flanked by other members of the commission, said they are committed to comply with the 72 hours they promised that the winner would be declared.
Mrs. Charlotte Osei who is the returning officer for the presidential election told the media Thursday that representatives of the candidates have refused to sign the results that were electronically submitted.
She indicated that they all agreed to sign when they have seen and verified manually, the declaration of results sheets (Pink Sheets).
“We are certain that by close of today that we will receive all the pink sheets to validate the results,” she said on Friday morning.
Already, the leadership of the two leading political parties – New Patriotic Party and National Democratic Congress – have projected a win for their candidates.
But the EC boss has appealed for tolerance as the commission takes its time to declare “accurate and legal results” as to who won the presidential race.
“It is important we ensure that every vote counts. And so that is why we need to take our time; we need to satisfy all due process and do due diligence and work with the candidates’ reps and make sure that when we tell you who your next president is, we are certain that the person has been properly elected, and represent the choice of majority of Ghanaians.”
She however assured Ghanaians that “it is impossible to change any of the results” because all the parties have the pink sheets that have the results.
By Isaac Essel |3news.com|Ghana