Let’s demystify ‘strong room’—Kofi Adams

Kofi AdamsNational Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has said as part of efforts to reform Ghana’s electoral system, the myth surrounding the Electoral Commission (EC)’s ‘strong room’ must be demystified.

He said allowing cameras in the strong room, the nerve centre of results collation during elections, was a sure way of strengthening the country’s electioneering.

Mr Adams, who was commenting on lessons Ghana could learn from last week’s Nigerian elections, said demystifying the EC ‘strong room’ will help Ghanaians have a better picture of events there.

Speaking on Joy FM/Multi-TV, on Saturday, Mr Adams said, “In Ghana, people think that when we say strong room, anything can happen there as if people can cook results there. We should be able to demystify it, because all the political parties have been talking about it in the reform process. Let’s make it very open.”

The NDC National Organiser said he believed that the Nigerian elections, which saw the presidential candidate of the opposition party, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, beating incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, took lessons from Ghana’s elections.

Mr Adams observed that “there were some surprises but then generally in terms of the organisation of the elections, there were a number of things Ghana should learn from.

He mentioned the registration process, biometric verification, permanent voter cards as “things we have already gone through and suffered some challenges so I can understand that they will have some kind of improvement over ours.”

Mr Adams cited that in the 2012 general elections in Ghana, some biometric card readers failed to function due to battery challenges, something Nigeria learnt a lesson from.

He said Nigeria’s elections, had greatly improved over the years, adding that President Jonathan, deserved commendation for conceding defeat and that “his call to president elect Maj-Gen Buhari was very timely and important”.

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