The Electoral Commission (EC) has assured all political parties and stakeholders that the introduction of Electronic Results Transmission System (ERTS) for collation of the December polls results was a provisional process to enhance transparency and accountability.
A statement issued in Accra and signed by its Head of Communications, said the ERTS formed part of the several reform proposals made by the Electoral Reform Committee and accepted by all political parties and stakeholders after the 2013 Presidential Election Petition.
According to the Commission, since the ERTS remained provisional and do not replace the manual results process captured in the law, there was no need for an existing law for it.
“The Commission would want to emphasise that the ERTS does not replace the manual collation process which requires agents of political parties to attest to the accuracy of results before declaration by presiding officers. In the event of a discrepancy between results from the ERTS and the manual results, the manual results would take precedence, making it impossible for anyone to attempt to alter declared results in the transmission process”, it said.
The Commission further argued in the statement that the decision to introduce the ERTS was not unilaterally taken but was collectively accepted by all the political parties at the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) level, indicating an appreciation of the recommendation of the ERTS by the Reform Committee to deepen the integrity and transparency of the election results collation process.
Addressing recent criticisms levelled against the ERTS, the statement urged political parties to direct their concerns at IPAC, where the proposal was accepted for implementation to be discussed.
The Commission further assured the public that no decision has yet been taken on the vendor for the ERTS, adding that it was committed to making the vendor selection process as inclusive as possible after a demonstration exercise planned for all relevant stakeholders.
By Times Reporter