Armed security officials have prevented the Minority from entering the premises of the Electoral Commission (EC).
The Minority had earlier served notice it was marching to the EC in protest of what they described as flawed elections.
It is their argument that the declared results by the EC did not reflect or represent the true will of the people.
They also had plans of meeting the leadership of the EC to address the Techiman South parliamentary election which was declared in favour of the NPP’s Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah.
Reporting from the EC, Rainbow Radio’s Philomina Kuntu Blankson said the Minority is currently having a banter with the security personnel.
She disclosed the Member of Parliament for Odododiodoo constituency Nii Lante Vanderpuye has cautioned the EC to give them a hearing or they will not approve their budget.
The MP for Adaklu Constituency, Volta Region, Kwame Governs Agbodza said the government can use the military and police to prevent them from generating the office of the EC to present their petition but will not prevent her from the pain she will suffer.
According to him, the EC boss will not have peace in here heart until she confesses to rigging the elections.
The MP insisted the EC Chair allowed the government to manipulate her to steal the elections for President Akufo-Addo.
He said they are allowed to hold a peaceful demonstration but they have been molested by the security personnel at the orders of the president.
He described it as an insult for anyone to say they should have sought permission from the police before petitioning the EC.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has insisted that it will form the majority in parliament after the dust finally settles in the ongoing brouhaha surrounding the 2020 parliamentary election.
The party says it will have a total of 140 seats after they finish dealing with the disputes.
National Communication Officer Sammy Gyamfi addressing a press conference on Thursday, December 17, 2020, said they are currently contesting the Tarkwa Nsuaem, Techiman South, Sehwi Wiaso, and Zabzugu constituencies.
He maintained the EC connived with the governing New Patriotic Party (NP) to subvert the will of the people.
He said we do not have a hung parliament as suggested by some individuals because the NDC won the majority.
He further alleged that the NDC won the Essikado-Ketan seat which has been declared for Mr. Joe Ghartey.
Sammy Gyamfi insisted that very soon, the clear majority seats the NDC won would be seen by Ghanaians in the shortest possible time.
He reiterated that the presidential election was rigged in favour of President Akufo-Addo.
On the Zabzugu seats, he said the EC declared the results at a secret location to declare the results for the NPP.
For Techiman South, he added they have won the seat based on their collation.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has presented what it has termed as it’s proof to support their allegations of a rigged election.
The party told journalists today that after auditing the results of the election, it found out that there were several irregularities in the figures given out by the Electoral Commission(EC).
National Communication Officer of the NDC Sammy Gyamfi said the party jas discovered over voting, ballot stuffing, and failure by the EC to capture the number of verified voters on the face of the pink sheets used for the elections.
Sammy Gyamfi alleged that there were widespread cases of padding results in favour of the NPP and its Presidential Candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
According to him, some places including Ejisu Constituency, Antwima Kwanwoma, Akrofuom, Antwima Nwabiagya North and Manhyia North, votes for President Akufo-Addo’s votes were increased whereas that of John Mahama were reduced.
He specifically mentioned Sunyani West, SDA Primary school Chra 1, where 468 ballots were issued, 466 votes were cast, but there were 49 names on the voters register.
He said the polling station was given 60 ballot papers but 466 persons voted and Akufo-Addo won there.
He alleged the EC created an avenue for the NPP to rig the polls and the NDC on Election Day caught some NPP members of the NPP having already thumbprinted ballot papers which had the EC’s validation stamps.
“NPP People were caught with bags full of already thumb printed ballot papers and therefore there was ballot staffing,” he said.
Sammy Gyamfi also said the absence of persons verified either manually or by verification of faces is also one of the reasons the NDC believes the election was rigged.
He said these irregularities were identified in over 10,000 polling stations and when rectified, it will push the declared results into a second round.
The Accra Regional Police Command had dispersed supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) who massed up at the headquarters of the Electoral Commission today [Thursday, December 17, 2020].
Reporting from the EC headquarters, Rainbow Radio’s Fiifi Ankomah said the demonstrators were protesting the results declared by the EC last week.
The chaotic situation led to the blocking of the Kanda Highway and other sections of the Ridge enclave and the firing of tear gas.
The police first fired water at the protestors before firing tear gas to disperse them.
The Director of Operations at the Accra Regional Command ACP Kwesi Ofori speaking to the media said: “The police are moving practically and strategically to make sure that we keep the peace, and it’s been good so far. Initially, we used engagement, which failed so we had to resort to the use of non-electrical equipment like water to get them to move down the street.”
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Essikado Ketan constituency has denied rigging the constituency election.
The party has since described the claims as spurious.
The party is rather blaming the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of being behind plots to rig the polls which they (NPP), stopped.
“We had received unconfirmed reports that the NDC was seeking to rig the elections so we of the NPP were very alert on the day of the election.
Voting ended at 5pm with no serious incident being reported by our polling agents at the various polling stations. Counting was done at each polling station in the full view of the public and the result at every polling station was declared at each polling station. After this, the necessary documentation, the pink sheet, was duly filled and signed by all the parties present.”
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STATEMENT BY ESSIKADO KETAN NPP ON 2020 ELECTIONS
Our attention has been drawn to spurious and baseless allegations of alleged massive fraud by the NPP in the recent Parliamentary Elections.
We had received unconfirmed reports that the NDC was seeking to rig the elections so we of the NPP were very alert on the day of the election.
Voting ended at 5pm with no serious incident being reported by our polling agents at the various polling stations. Counting was done at each polling station in the full view of the public and the result at every polling station was declared at each polling station. After this, the necessary documentation, the pink sheet, was duly filled and signed by all the parties present.
Our representatives went to the Collation Centre of the Essikado Ketan Constituency which is at the Methodist Church, Brigade Hall, Essikado. The Electoral Commission Officials started receiving the ballot boxes and electoral materials from their officials who were coming in from the various polling stations.
At the time NDC supporters led by their candidate Grace Ayensu Danquah and other party members including former Minister for National Security rushed to the Collation Centre claiming the NDC had won the parliamentary election. At the time we had not even collated the Presidential vote. Their members who were carrying knifes and other implements started throwing stones into the Collation Center.
There was absolutely no basis for this commotion. Neither was there any basis for the claim that NDC had won the Parliamentary election when the results from the various polling stations had not been officially collated and announced by the Returning Officer. Around 11 pm Grace Ayensu and her team left the Collation Centre having been repelled by the police and military when they sought to take over the Collation Centre.
Collation of the Presidential results started and ended around 9.50 am. This was won by Nana Akufo-Addo. The collation of the Parliamentary results commenced around 10 am.
Three members of the NDC were present. This included one Alidiu who presented himself as the NDC youth organizer and a lawyer who said he was representing the NDC Parliamentary Candidate. During the collation the representatives of NDC raised issues once in a while and it was only after the issues they raised were resolved that the EC continued the process.
At the end of the process, the Returning Officer announced the votes of the Three Candidates who stood for Parliamentary election in Essikado Ketan Constituency and declared our candidate, Joe Ghartey, the winner. We challenge the NDC to prove the allegations of fraud at the appropriate quarters.
The leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has stormed the office of the Electoral Commission in the Techiman South constituency demanding for a copy of the pink sheet used to declare Mrartin Adjei Mensah Korsah of the NPP as MP elect in the Bono Region.
According to the party, the EC manipulated the figures in favour of the governing NPP.
The NDC has rejected the outcome of the constituency election.
The NPP on their part held a press conference on Friday insisting their candidate won the seat.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Friday, December 11, 2020, a former Municipal Chief Executive of the Techiman Municipality, Mr Prince Yaw Donyina, claimed that the NDC gave their followers a false hope that they had won the seat.
He said following the NDC’s call, several supporters massed up at the collation centre, which also served as a regional collation centre for the Bono East region, a situation the NPP claimed led to the violence recorded in the area leading to the death of two persons.
“If there is anybody to blame for the Techiman death, it should be the candidate, chairman and the NDC’s Constituency organiser,” he stated.
“We had nothing to do with the deployment of security on the election day,” Mr Donyina noted, pointing out that “Techiman is a very peaceful place to live, it is the NDC that is causing mayhem there.”
A day after the presser, the NDC has stormed the EC’s office demanding a copy of the declaration sheet used for the declaration.
However, the returning officer for the constituency told them he did not have a copy of the sheet.
He then asked them to go to the regional office where he had sent the copies including that of the NDC.
This directive did not go down well with the NDC who insisted that by law the returning officer was the one who is supposed to give them the copy.
The team lead by the lawyer Kojogah Adawudu and Mr. Gbevlo Lartey impressed upon the officer to give them the copy but he insisted he had no copy.
Lawyer Adawudu then told him they had already gone to the regional office and were asked to come to him.
He was surprised the electoral officer claimed not to have a copy of the pink sheet.
The Women’s Wing of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has today, Saturday, December 12, 2020, held a demonstration to reaffirm its rejection of the presidential election results.
The demonstration was led by National Women’s Organiser, Madam Hanna Louisa Bisiw.
They argue that the declaration by the EC was flawed.
She asked the EC to do the right thing by rescinding the declaration by Mrs. Jean Mensa.
She said the figures, based on which Akufo-Addo was declared the president-elect, were inaccurate.
According to her, the NDC wants peace hence the EC should not plunge the country into chaos.
She noted that women are those who suffer the most during conflicts and urged the Commission to churn out the correct figures to declare the NDC winner of the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
The vice-presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman has admonished Ghanaians to vote on December 7 for the NDC to save the future of the country and that of their children.
According to her, it would be in our own interest to vote for the NDC and candidate Mahama.
“We are voting to save our country, we are voting for the future of our children and children’s children; it is in your own interest to do the right thing,” the former University of Cape Coast Vice-Chancellor wrote on Facebook Sunday.
Read her full message below
When I accepted the nomination as running mate to John Mahama, I was clear in my mind that I was going to be at the center of a historic effort.
However, to say that I anticipated the overwhelmingly positive reaction would be to downplay the depth of this wonderful experience. As I toured the country, I received an abundance of love that energizes me as we wind down this campaign. I also saw first hand, many parts of our country whose dreams and hopes depend on honest and competent leadership.
John Mahama and I will live up to this task. We pledge to you, that under our leadership, no citizen will be forgotten. We will build a thriving Ghana that extends opportunities to all citizens regardless of status and background.
John Mahama and I have given it our all. We have spread the good news of The People’s Manifesto to every corner of our beloved country. Now it is time for you to go out there and finish off this race in victory and in style.
We stand for unity, we stand for progress. We ask you to vote for the NDC to bring development, inclusion, peace and prosperity. Vote for a government who will safeguard our natural resources and our national assets for the benefit of ALL Ghanaians, not just a select few. Obiara ka ho!
We stand at the cusp of history. To my fellow sisters, I ask for your prayers and support as we finally attempt to make real the dreams of so many women who came before me and the generations of women who are yet to come. I pledge to carry your voices forward for as long as I remain in service to God and country.
Now, let’s go make history! Let’s go win this election. The time is now! Vote #2 for John Mahama. Vote #2 for the NDC parliamentary candidate in your constituency. Vote for the great party, the National Democratic Congress.
The presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has promised to exempt petty traders from paying tax if he is reelected as president.
The candidate disclosed that traders who do not earn up to GHS200,000 within a year will be exempted from paying income tax.
According to him, this is to help the traders expand and grow their businesses.
He made the promise when he interacted with traders at the Kaneshie Market in the Okaikoi South constituency of the Greater Accra Region.
“All petty traders with small shops, the taxes you pay to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) which goes to the government is going to be removed. If from your sales within a year, do not amount to GHS200,000, you will be exempted from paying the income tax to the GRA.”
Three executives of the NDC in the Eastern region have been involved in a near-fatal accident while returning from a campaign tour in Afram Plains.
The victims, Hackman Kabore, Regional Organizer, Richard Etornam Nyarko, Deputy Regional Organizer and Michael Akorli, Deputy Regional Communication Officer sustained injuries and were rushed to the Atibie Government Hospital where their conditions stabilized and subsequently referred to Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua.
The accident occurred on Saturday, November 28, 2020, on Kwahu Adawso to Kwahu Tafo road.
Information gathered indicate that the executives were returning to meet the national chairman Ofosu Ampofo after campaigning with the General Secretary of the Party Johnson Asiedu Nketia at Afram Plains South and North Constituencies.
The speeding party-branded Nissan Pick-Up vehicle driven by Mr Etornam Nyarko reportedly veered off the road after hitting an unmarked bumpy stretch which made the vehicle somersault five times and landed in a ditch.