A Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter Boamah Otokunor has implied that the voters’ registration process in the strongholds of the NDC is being stifled.
According to him, the average number of voters registered in areas believed to be the stronghold of his party is far less than that of the stronghold of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He backed his allegation with the claim that most of the machines deployed to areas of the NDC were malfunctioning.
He intimated that instead of an average of 100 people per day, the Electoral Commission does only 70 to 80 registrations in NDC strongholds while those of the NPP see 110 to 120.
Expressing his disquiet on Citi TV’s Point of View Wednesday, Mr Otokunor said the situation brings the integrity of the system into question.
“In 2016, our number of polling stations was 29,000 and what we did with the population at the various polling station was to cap it at 800. Some were 850, some were 880, some will move to 700 depending on the population in those areas.
“So that is one point that we are making, that if you are going to have six days and you are estimating just some 100 and below, most of the areas in our strongholds they actually registered between 70 and 80. They were not able to meet the 100 mark and that makes it very scary,” he said.
“If you look at the numbers that are coming from the Ashanti Region, it appears that the machines in the Ashanti Region may be super efficient or perhaps maybe the workforce are super efficient. Because averagely, they are hovering around 120-110-120.
“So these are things that we must look at very carefully, hence it generates that form of suspicion which undermines the integrity of the process and we have raised these concerns with the Electoral Commission as well,” Mr Otokunor added.
He continued “we feel worried that most of our areas the machines were malfunctioning. Today it has been a bit better than yesterday. But still there is the need for us to look at the functionality of the equipment and so on and so forth.”
But reacting to the allegations of NDC’s Deputy General Secretary on the same show, Director of Elections and Research for the governing NPP rubbished the claim and quoted figures to suggested it is not accurate.
“I am surprised he only mentioned Ashanti Region and not be specific about the polling station he is talking of. I mean looking ta Ketu North Constituency in the Volta Region, one of their strongholds, 14 centres are due for registration. At the end of day two, as many as 3,061 have gotten registered.
“In Dodze, day one, 212 people got registered, day which is today 155 people got registered. So where comes this issue of machines in the Ashanti Region are performing better than those in the NDC strongholds. I don’t think this is the way to go and I’m saying that for the NDC their position will not change,” he stated.