The Electoral Commission (EC) has denied reports that officials of the Ghana Police Service in the Upper Wet Region have intercepted large quantities of ballot papers in the region from some unknown persons in a political party office.
In a circulated public announcement, the EC is calling on the general public to completely disregard the claims describing them as “false and wicked lies being peddled by activists of some political parties just to cause confusion”.
In a statement issued in Wa on Saturday it said the printed ballots for the Upper West Region arrived at the regional police headquarters in Wa on Saturday morning.
It said representatives of the political parties in the region were invited to witness the delivery process and confirm their seals on the bag and some of these political party representatives took pictures at the Wa Regional Police Headquarters.
The statement said: “We are surprised to note that these same political party representatives are circulating these pictures with such ludicrous claims which is totally irresponsible and unacceptable.
“For the records, the printing process of the ballot was closely monitored by representatives of the political parties on a 24-hour shift basis and there was also a 24-hour police protection of the ballot printing process,” it said.
The statement said record was taken of every single ballot printed and at the end of the day, the printing house was closed in the presence of all political party representatives.
It said every morning, the printing house was not opened unless the representatives of the political parties were present and printing did not start until all the representatives of the political parties were present.
The statement said after the ballot printing process has been completed, the ballot papers were packaged and labelled per constituency and the political parties placed their uniquely numbered seals on the bags.
It said even the movement of the ballots was closely monitored by the police and the political parties are duly notified and that on election day, the ballot paper is only valid if it bears the Commission’s unique stamps.
“We would like to state categorically that it is totally untrue for anybody to claim that the ballots were intercepted in another political party’s office.
“The Commission would like to call on all political parties to stop this irresponsible behaviour deliberately calculated to cause public disaffection towards the EC,” it cautioned.