The Electoral Commission (EC) will not be able to declare results of the elections within the 24-hour time frame, the Director of Elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said.
Prior to the elections, the EC has said the presidential election results will be declared within 24 hours after polls.
But during a press conference at the headquarters of the NDC in Accra on Tuesday, December 8, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah said that the EC has not even received results from a single constituency at its headquarters to be able to declare the result within the 24-hour timeline.
Therefore, he said it will not be possible for the elections management body to announce the results within that time.
“We also have concerns about the EC themselves with the way they are conducting themselves in this exercise. As we sit here, we have a team that has been at the EC’s collation centre since yesterday, that is the strong room.
“As we speak, and I am speaking with authority, not even one results has gone to the collation centre and then they claim they will declare results in 24 hours.
“How are you going to declare? It has to go through a process. Even more seriously Greater Accra and in some regions they declare results and not one results has come. All the results must come to the regional office and be collated. What is going on?” He said.
He further alleged that there is an ongoing attempt by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to rig the elections with the support of the EC.
“We are aware of the tricks the NPP is playing to change results by ordering recounts of ballots at the collations centers which is illegal. If you recount there is a process that you have to go through. The first recount you must request for it at the at the polling station.
“When that is done, then if you are not satisfied you have to request for a second collation at the polling station but that is done at the collation centre. Because they know they are losing they use the recount and in the process they do all kinds of things. That is why we were calling people to be at the polling centres to support our agents,” he said.
His claim was supported by the National Communications Officer of the party, Sammy Gyamfi.
Sammy Gyamfi noted that no amount of schemes will prevent the presidential candidate of the NDC from winning the elections.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana