EC identifies over-voting in presidential election results

Ghana’s Electoral Commission says it has discovered possible instances over voting at a number of polling stations in Wednesday’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

The development, according to the Commission, has caused the delays in releasing official results of the presidential election over 16 hours of close of polls across the country.

Thousands of Ghanaian voters have since Wednesday evening been waiting anxiously for the release of official results that were not forthcoming until about 10:00am Thursday when the EC started releasing constituency summary results.

At a news briefing moments ago, Head of the Communications at the Commission, Eric Kofi Dzakpasu said the over voting has been detected in the results of some polling stations.

“As a result of this the Electoral Commission has decided to review all results from the collation centres and verify them against the physical pink sheets from the polling stations,” he said.

He said the provisional results from the various constituencies being verified are at various stages and it will only release certified results after that processes.

The verification process prior to certification

– Receipt of manual faxes from the collation centers.

– Comparison of faxed summary results with the Electronic Results Transfer data

– Comparison of the constituency collation sheets

– Final comparison with the polling station pink sheets.

“On verification of, and in line with, established administrative procedures the EC is able to determine if any over voting occurred in any polling station.

“Should any discrepancy occur the commission will meet to determine the appropriate actions,” Mr Dzakpasu said.

Mr Dzakpasu said the EC the processes adopted by the Commission is to ensure the integrity of the results of this Election, adding, “We call for patience and calm from all voters as the EC ensures that the Election Results are in fact a true reflection of the will of the people”.

In the interim the EC will be releasing the constituency summary results subject to the above verification process.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

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