The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has raised questions over the 2012 Elections results announced by the Electoral Commission (EC) on Sunday, December 9, 2012.
The PPP argue that there were anomalies with the results and that the EC should have taken its time “to re-check the provisional results before declaring a winner in the presidential election.”
In a letter written by Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond, National Chairman of the Party, and posted on the official facebook page of Party Leader Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, the Party noted that the integrity of the results would have been guaranteed if the EC had done a re-check of the figures.
“It would have also been better if the EC had published the numbers from the verification machines to enable proper cross-checking with the results obtained by our polling agents,” the letter read.
It added that the anomalies could compromise future elections held by the EC.
“The PPP finds the anomalies identified very disturbing as they indicate a real likelihood of compromising the integrity of the entire 2012 results and future ones as well. For example, in the Assin South Constituency, the PPP was initially assigned 134 votes for both the Presidential and Parliamentary contests but upon a protest to re-count by the Parliamentary Candidate, our parliamentary vote count was confirmed at 1,487 and that of the presidential result was changed to 521. This is only one example of the problems we recorded.”
Political Parties’ Law
The Party questioned the haste of the EC in the declaration of results.
It faulted the EC for not abiding by the Political Parties’ Law because some parties should be “disqualified or removed from the register of parties as a result of not meeting” the requirements of the Law.
The PPP claims that during the 2012 campaign season, some of the political parties were funded by “foreign governments, individuals and companies” against the Law.
According to the PPP, it wants to sustain the future integrity of the EC since it is a party for the future.
It advised the EC to adopt a voting system that is similar to ones in Brazil and Mexico, but “with some minimum conditions.”
The party requested audience from the EC to discuss their concerns further.
“We would appreciate the opportunity to meet and discuss our concerns. Our aim is to ensure that the EC, an important independent institution, is strengthened for the benefit of all Ghanaians.”