We Possess A List Of The Amount Of Voters That The NPP Wishes To Shift To Specific Constituencies: NDC

In the ongoing voter transfer process, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Director of Elections and IT, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, has charged the New Patriotic Party (NPP) with plotting to transfer voters illegally to specific seats.

On Monday, June 3, 2024, Dr. Omane Boamah told reporters in Accra that he had gotten hold of a document that contained the amount of voters the NPP wanted moved to specific constituencies.

He claimed that the individual who first alerted him to the theft of some Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) equipment was also the source of the list.

He continued by saying that the EC had instructed its representatives in its district offices not to permit party agents to watch the voter transfer process, shortly before the list was given to him.

“We’re not going to remove our representatives from the transfer centers. Look, the NPP wants to move a certain amount of votes to certain constituencies, and we have power over those constituencies. Less than fifteen minutes after the EC statement regarding political parties withdrawing their agents also began to circulate, we received that document.

“You might wonder where I learned about the biometric equipment that was taken at the EC offices. I won’t name the source, but I am the one who learned that the EC’s headquarters was under CCTV monitoring when stolen biometric equipment was discovered, something the organization has acknowledged,” the man stated.

The election director for the NDC stated, “I trust the source because the source proved to be credible when the source provided the information about the stolen biometric equipment.”

In order to ensure a free and fair election on December 7, 2024, he went on to say that all parties involved in the process should be dedicated to making sure that all procedures are transparent.

“What we are trying to convey is that dishonest political parties engage in gerrymandering when it comes to the distribution of votes. We oppose gerrymandering by any political party,” he stated.

He questioned the EC’s reasoning for requesting that political party operatives leave voter transfer locations.

“My inquiry is: Why does the NPP consistently oppose transparency and advocate for opacity? What are they getting up to? What exactly are they concealing? And what is it that the EC is helping the NPP accomplish with its decision, knowingly or unknowingly?”

Context:

The regional directors were instructed by the EC to stop political parties from seeing the current voter transfer process.

The injunction was issued in response to allegations of violence at several locations, including the Kasoa EC office, where voter transfer exercises are being conducted.

For example, there on Sunday, June 2, 2024, during a dispute over the transfer of voters to the Awutu Senya East Constituency, some members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) allegedly stabbed the son of Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East, Mavis Hawa Koomson.

The EC instructed its district offices to forbid representatives of the various political parties from attending the voter transfer process, as stated in a letter to its regional directors that Oyerepa TV released.

The violent altercations that are taking place at certain District Offices as a result of the vote transfer exercise have been brought to the notice of the Commission.

Parts of the letter, dated Sunday, June 2, 2024, said that “Regional Directors are to inform District Officers not to allow agents of political parties to observe the transfer of votes exercise with effect from tomorrow, Monday, June 3, 2024.”

The commission stated that political parties would receive the list of individuals who had been transferred upon request, negating the necessity for the transfer exercise to be observed.

Returning Officers must provide copies of the transferred voters’ list to political parties and candidates upon request in accordance with Regulation 22(8) of C.I. 127. The notification continued, “District Officers should make sure they closely follow this criterion.

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