NDC collation system broke down during 2016 polls–Pelpuo

Dr. Pelpuo

Dr. Pelpuo

A former Minister of State at the Presidency, Dr Rashid Pelpuo, has stated that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) collation system broke down completely at the most critical moment of the 2016 elections.

That, he explained, made it difficult for the party to have a full grasp of the turf when the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had begun churning out electoral results.

Dr Pelpuo’s comments follow the release of the Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee report that recommended among other things, measures that could improve the collation of election results by the party.

Dr Pelpuo, who is the Member of Parliament for Wa Central, noted that the NDC just gave away the 2016 elections per the party’s own posturing to certain key elements in electioneering.

“As at the time NPP was churning out results and claiming victory, the NDC had not gotten a grasp of what was happening because our system even broke down and we could not assess the results the NPP was getting, neither could we see what we were even getting so there was a problem there.
“Our ability to utilise technology to understand what was happening and to be able to get into the depths to know the votes that we got, was lacking, and that eventually was one of our setbacks.
“Even if you are losing, you still need to know that you are losing. We were being told we were losing from our opponents and we did not have enough information to counter it which resulted in a technological deficit,” he said.

Dr Pelpuo indicated that there was inadequacy in technology in responding to the challenge at the time, stressing that “it is one of the areas that will be tackled in the very near future when we are going into the next elections.”

He said going forward, the party should be up to date in technology and be able to transmit results more efficiently to secure victory in the 2020 elections.

The 13-member committee set up by the NDC to probe its defeat in the 2016 elections presented its findings to the National Executive Council (NEC) on Monday.

Speaking at the presentation of the report, the chairman of the Committee, Prof. Kwesi Botchwey, expressed hope that the recommendations will help capture power for the NDC in the next elections in 2020. –citifmonline.com

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