The Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Boamah Otokunor, has maintained that the party’s audit revealed numerous cases of over-voting during Election 2020.
According to him, the NDC was looking for an opportunity to confront the Electoral Commission (EC) with its evidence of over-voting during the election petition to compel Jean Mensa, Chairperson of EC to testify which was not allowed.
“We were trying to push over-voting in court so that the chairperson of EC will be brought in the box and produce documents so we compare and reveal over-voting, but that was not allowed.
“The fact that all our agents at all polling stations signed or raise concerns on any ballot sheets does not negate there was over-voting but NDC insists on its position there was over-voting in the elections,” Mr Otokunor stressed.
He indicated that EC was deliberately refusing to admit 2020 elections realised several incidents of over-voting that helped President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to retain power and ensured arrest of some persons with thumb-printed ballot papers that had voted for the president.
“These are facts and anyone who is experienced in elections knows this and Dr Bossman also knows and reason they refused for it to be revealed in court.We believe ballot papers got into wrong hands because we arrested someone in Ashanti Region and reported an incident at Ejisu where some ballot papers fully thumb-printed with EC stamp on them.
“The Commission only recorded one incident in the Savelugu Constituency in the Northern Region, where one extra ballot was seen for parliamentary election and transparency of processes makes it totally impossible for it to happen,” Mr Otokunor intimated.
However, Dr Bossman Asare, Deputy Chairman of the EC in charge of Corporate Affairs, addressing the press in Accra, insisted that there was no incident of over-voting that led to over one million votes in favour of President Akufo-Addo.
He noted that nationwide, there were no issue of over-voting at all 38,620 polling stations except in Savelugu in the parliamentary election where there was one over-voting which the police should investigate, asa matter of urgency, due to its potential to derail, undermine democracy, lack of confidence in the system and processes and challenged claims by former President John Mahama there was over-voting in the 2020 polls.–citinewsroom.com