The Electoral Commission of Ghana has admitted that there were some discrepancies in the number of registered persons from two districts in Ashanti Region submitted to the headquarters and published in the media.
This admission from the EC comes after the NDC in the Ashanti Region accused the Commission (EC) of deliberately massaging figures in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise in the Ashanti region in order to disadvantage the NDC in favour of the NPP.
The Regional Secretary of the NDC, Kwame Zu, in a press conference on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 gave the EC a 48-hour ultimatum to rectify and declare what it believes is the actual numbers registered for the new electoral roll in the region.
Responding to this accusation by the NDC, the Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Benjamin Bannor Bio, confirmed that the EC has detected the anomaly in the figures presented for the first-six days for Sekyere South and Offinso North districts.
He however attributed the incident to the failure of electoral officers to report the daily figures but chose to submit the accumulated figures. He again debunked claims by the NDC that it is a deliberate attempt to rig the elections in favour of the ruling NPP.
“The NDC regional secretary, Kwame Zu, personally called me and l explained everything to him on phone so I’m surprised they continue to see it as a big case,” the Ashanti Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Benjamin Bannor Bio said in an interview monitored by ABC News.
“All tabulated figures remain provisional and have no direct consequences on the final figures which would be automatically generated by the registration machines after the exercise,” Mr Bannor Bio explained further.
He assured all interested stakeholders of much transparency in the exercise.