The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) parliamentary candidate for the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Constituency in the Central Region, John Sterlin, has stated his intention to call for a recount of both the presidential and parliamentary ballots cast in last Wednesday’s election.
According to him, he had evidence that there were irregularities in the electoral process which led to the party’s defeat, adding that the irregularities occurred before the counting of the ballots.
Addressing a news conference in Elmina on Monday, he said: “I was the unifying candidate. NDC, PPP and NPP members all voted for me. The records are there. I am the inclusive people’s choice in KEEA, drawing heavy votes from every electoral area.”
Mr. Sterlin, who was the second force in the election, polled 18,860 votes as against that of the winner, Samuel Atta Mills, who got 21,957 votes to unseat the incumbent Member of Parliament, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Mr. Sterlin, who is the brother –in-law of Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum, the party’s founder and presidential candidate, is convinced that the results should have been in his favour.
“I won Elmina hands down. I also won the hearts and minds of the majority of the citizens of KEEA”, he stated.
He said the decision to call for recount was arrived at after consultation with his advisors, and that once the recount was done, they would make a final decision on whether to pursue the matter in court.
“Whatever the outcome of the recount and the case, you and I know that I am your MP. I am your representative. I will continue to work with my team to improve the lives of all Ghanaians living in our constituency”, he said.
Mr. Sterlin said he was expecting the amendment of the constitution so that District Chief Executives would be elected within the next four years and pledged the party’s support for individuals with “a progressive mind and incorruptible spirit” to represent the party at KEEA.
“The 2016 elections was a great wind of change. We have not yet received the change that we want in KEEA. But remember this is not a 100 metre sprint. And if it was, even “Usain Bolt” (apparently referring to President John Mahama) has been retired. No one wins forever. It is a marathon. I will be here with you every step of the way. And mark my words; the glory will be ours very, very soon.”
The KEEA has traditionally been an NDC seat since 1992, until 2004, when Dr. Nduom won it on the ticket of the Convention People’s Party (CPP).It fell back to the NDC with Dr. J.S. Annan as the MP after Dr. Nduom left the seat to contest as a presidential candidate in 2008 on the CPP’s ticket.
However, due to an internal division that saw an Independent Candidate, Dr. Ato Quarshie leaving the NDC to contest as an independent candidate, the party lost the seat to the NPP for the first time, with the incumbent MP, Nana Ato Arthur.
From Jonathan Donkor, Elmina