The General Secretary of the largest opposition political party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has responded to the claims by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Madam Jean Mensa describing the 2020 General election as historic, transparent, efficient, and cost-effective.
The NDC scribe said such comments from the Chairperson open the flood gates for people to question the credibility of the elections but the NDC would not argue with the EC on such tangent.
The EC Chairperson while speaking at the ECOWAS Parliamentary Seminar at Winneba in the Central Region on the number of people who lost their lives and also the cost of the 2020 elections described the loss of seven lives as sad.
“Sadly, seven lives were lost, and though these did not occur at our polling stations or arise as a result of misconduct on our part, one life lost is one too many. We are hoping that our security agencies will share their findings and recommendations for future learning”.
According to her, the fact that the comparative cost of the election was reduced by 41% which is equivalent to 90 million dollars and a voter turn-around time of between 10 and 12 minutes makes the election exemplary within the West African sub-region.
“Notwithstanding inflation and price hikes and the fact that we incurred additional costs owing to the COVID-19 protocols we deployed throughout the election, we cut the cost per voter, from 13 dollars per head in 2016 to 7 dollars per head. Through a reduction in cost, we saved the government a formidable sum of $90 million”.
Reacting to the issue on 3FM’s Sunrise hosted by Alfred Ocansey on Thursday, Mr. Asiedu Nketia said “we don’t argue with a fool because in this world, there are some people, the only thing they want to here is their right so there is no need to be arguing with her”.
He said “the point where you make such statement, you open yourself up to be probe”.
By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|3news.com|Ghana