NDC Minority In Parliament Makes Demands To EC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Minority Caucus in Parliament is requesting the country’s Electoral Commission (EC) to collate the Techiman South Constituency Parliamentary and Presidential Election results in accordance with the laws of the land.

According to the Minority, the Returning Officer for Techiman South Constituency in the Bono East Region could not collate the results for both the Presidential and the Parliamentary candidates.

They, therefore, demand that the two hundred and sixty-six polling stations in the constituency should be collated.

“That by this petition, we demand that you cause to be collated the Techiman South Constituency Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Results from all the Two Hundred and Sixty-Six (266) Polling stations in accordance with the law, with immediate effect,” the minority in a petition dated 22nd of December, 2020 and copied to Capitalnewsonline.com.

Despite the scuffle that ensue between the NDC Minority and the Ghana Police Service, the Minority made their way through and read out the petition to the media and subsequently handed it over to the police to be given to the EC.
They stated in the petition that “that pursuant to regulation 43 (2) of C.I. 127, the endorsed writ, gazette notification and notice to the Clerk of Parliament be amended accordingly to reflect the true state of affairs,”.
Below is the full text of the petition:

PETITION BY THE NDC CAUCUS IN PARLIAMENT DIRECTED AT THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION TO CAUSE TO BE PROPERLY COLLATED THE 2020 TECHIMAN SOUTH CONSTITUENCY ELECTION RESULTS

Petition as follows;

That in the Presidential and Parliamentary elections conducted nationally on the 7th of December 2020, the Returning Officer for Techiman South Constituency in the Bono East Region could not collate the results for both the Presidential and the Parliamentary candidates after the Polling Stations results had been counted and all Ballot Boxes sent to the Collation Centre in accordance with C.I. 127.

That the Returning Officer delayed the collation exercise with the explanation that there were problems with the results of two polling stations out of the two hundred and sixty-six polling stations in the constituency.
That long after mid-night, the Agents for the NPP candidate also raised issues with three other polling station results before collation could commence.

That the Returning Officer later announced a change of collation centre from the Community centre to the Ahenfie Hall in Techiman.

That at the said collation centre, the Parliamentary Candidates, their representatives and Agents agreed with the Returning Officer to resolve the outstanding issues relating to the five polling stations that were raised by the Returning Officer and the Agents of the NPP candidate.

That during the discussion, there emerged serious differences between the Agents as to how to resolve the outstanding issues.

That the Regional Director of Elections together with his Deputy advised the way forward in resolving the controversy.

While the Agents were doing all they could, to resolve the issues, armed security officers in Police and Military uniform stormed the centre, drove off the Agents for the NDC candidate from the collation room and in the process brutalised one of them, leaving only the election officers and the NPP Agents in the room.

That the sight of the NDC agent, bleeding and moving in their direction, raised tension among the voters who were waiting outside to hear the results of the collation.

That in an attempt to ascertain what had happened to the agent, the aforesaid uniformed men opened fire indiscriminately, killing two persons on the spot, and injuring nine others, one of whom died a day after on admission.

That due to the state of insecurity at the centre, as a result of the shooting incident, the NDC Candidate and Agents had to advise the voters to leave the centre before taking cover themselves. No collation could have taken place that day in such circumstances and neither the NDC Candidate nor any of his Agents were informed or invited for the purpose of collating the Presidential and Parliamentary elections results at a later date.

That to all intents and purposes, no collation could have taken place and no collation took place in accordance with the provisions of C.I. 127.

That your announcement of the Presidential results of the elections on the 9th of December, 2020, as the Returning Officer, admitted this truism with the exclusion of the Presidential results of the Techiman South Constituency from the total tally.

That we are reliably informed by the NDC Parliamentary Candidate that, no collation of the results from the various polling stations has taken place since the elections ended at the close of polls on the 7th of December, 2020; yet a declaration purported to have been made by the Electoral Commission in favour of the NPP Candidate is now public information.

That this omission amounts to a blatant breach of the provisions of C.I. 127 governing the conduct of the 2020 general elections.

That pursuant to Regulations 2, 3 and 43 of the Public Elections Regulations, 2020, C.l. 127, it is mandatory that all results from all polling stations in the constituency at the end of the polls, are collated at the Constituency Collation Centre before declaration of same.

That the Returning Officer is required by law to use FORM ONE C per C.I. 127, to collate the results of the Parliamentary Election from the various polling stations and capture the results in the Parliamentary Election Results Summary Sheet, FORM ONE D of the Schedule.

That the Returning Officer is further required by Regulation 43(l)(f) to furnish each candidate or representative or counting agent of the candidate, a completed and signed copy of the Parliamentary Election Results Summary Sheets as set out in FORM ONE D of the schedule.

That as at the time of this petition, no such copy of the Parliamentary or Presidential Results Sheets has been furnished the NDC Candidates, or their representatives or counting agents.

DEMAND
That by this petition, we demand that you cause to be collated the Techiman South Constituency Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Results from all the Two Hundred and Sixty-Six (266) Polling stations in accordance with the law, with immediate effect.

That pursuant to regulation 43 (2) of C.I. 127, the endorsed writ, gazette notification and notice to Clerk of Parliament be amended accordingly to reflect the true state of affairs.
Dated, this day, the 22nd of December, 2020.
CC:
The Clerk to Parliament
Parliament House,
Accra.
The Chairman,
National Peace Council
The Chairman
Christian Council of Ghana
The Chief Imam
Office of the National Chief Imam
All Political Parties
Civil Society Organizations
International Observer Missions
Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO)
All Media Houses

By: Isaac Dzidzoamenu/capitalnewsonline.com

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