The Electoral Commission (EC) has confirmed that Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was verified outside the exhibition centre, contrary to its rules.
Consequently, it has found the two dismissed officers culpable of breaching the rules regarding the verification of voters.
A statement signed and issued by the Deputy Chairperson in charge of operations at EC, Mr. Amadu Sulley said a three member committee set up by EC to investigate the incident, which occurred a fortnight ago, discovered that the two officers flouted the regulations of the commission by verifying Dr. Bawumia outside the designated exhibition centre at the Keriga Presby JHS “A” at Walewale in the West Mamprusi District.
It said the committee found out that exhibition officer Mr. Ambrose Yobe and verification officer Mumuni Latifa closed and vacated their exhibition centre before the stipulated closing time of 6 p.m.
“Again, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was facilitated by both officers to check his name in the voters’ register and got verified outside the exhibition centre. The committee was of the considered opinion that the conduct of the officers was a violation of the guidelines issued for the exercise,” it said.
The statement stressed that it was only the commission that had the mandate to designate specific areas as exhibition centres adding that “exhibition officers had no power to set up or relocate exhibition centres to a place different from the one chosen by the commission without the prior authorisation of the EC”.
It therefore advised political leaders to familiarise themselves with the electoral laws and regulations to enable them to insist on the right things being done at all times.
The statement also encouraged the public to continue to support the process by promptly bringing any irregularities to its attention for speedy resolution.
By Times Reporter