The Northern Regional Secretariat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has discounted claims by Deputy Chairman of the EC in charge of Corporate Services, Dr, Bossman Asare’s of over voting in the 2020 Savelugu Parliamentary Elections.
The NDC believes the claims made by the EC Deputy Chair is a deliberate attempt to twist the facts in favour of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Savelugu Parliamentary Election Petition case currently before the Tamale High Court.
“We are convinced that the Jean Mensah, Bossman Asare EC are deliberately seeking to twist the facts of the Savelugu incident to serve the interest of their collaborators the NPP” Northern Regional Secretary of the NDC, Mohammed Abdul Salam said in a statement issued on Tuesday, October 26.
Dr Bossman Asare, in an attempt to discredit allegations made against the commission by the 2020 Flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama on the credibility of the 2020 General Elections told journalists at the EC’s ‘Let the Citizens Know’ series on Monday that ”Nationwide, we had no issue with over voting at all our 38,622 polling stations except in Savelugu in the parliamentary election where there was one and I repeat one over voting”.
But the NDC insists the over voting in Savelugu occurred only in the Presidential Election and not the Parliamentary, as claimed by the EC.
“After all, at all material times, the facts as regards the Kadia polling station incident of over voting in the Savelugu Constituency had to do with presidential elections and not Parliamentary elections as Bossman Asare will want the unsuspecting public to believe” the statement emphasized.
The NPP’s Parliamentary Candidate, Mohammed Abdul Somed Gunu filed the petition at the Tamale High Court challenging the validity of the results declaration of Alhaji Abdulai Jacob Iddris as the winner of the polls by the EC.
The parliamentary election petition dated January 8, 2021, had the EC as the first respondent and Alhaji Iddris, the NDC 2020 parliamentary candidate , who won the election, as the second respondent.
Mr Gunu secured 19,478 votes while Alhaji Abdulai Jacob Iddris , the NDC candidate, obtained 19, 577 votes.
The petition stated that ” The purported election of the NDC candidate as a Member of Parliament for Savelugu is invalid owing to widespread malpractices and irregularities which affected the outcome of the impugned election”.
For Immediate Release:
Press release on Jean Mensah, Bossman Asare led ECs blunder, claims of over voting in Savelugu Parliamentary Elections.
The attention of the Northern Regional Secretariat of the NDC has been drawn to a video circulating on social media on which Bossman Asare is heard claiming a case of over voting in Savelugu Parliamentary elections and we wish to respond as follows.
Knowing very well, how inconsistent and mathematically deficient Electoral Commission’s Jean Mensah and Bossman Asare have been at the EC so far, the news of their blunder comes to us as no surprise at all.
We ordinarily will not have given any response, but for the fact that the Savelugu Parliamentary Elections are a subject of an Election Petition at the High Court in Tamale, and our silence over this palpable untruth will further the ends that Jean Mensah and Bossman Asare are out to serve, thus misleading the unsuspecting public.
In their haste to water down the effect of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama’s criticism of their stewardship over the 2020 elections, they embarrassed themselves further by obviously stating another untruth by claims of over voting incident having been recorded only in the case of Savelugu Parliamentary Elections of all the over 3,800 polling stations, Bossman Asare emphasized over voting of only one vote, without stating which polling station it occurred and what specific action was taken by his outfit.
We are convinced that the Jean Mensah, Bossman Asare EC are deliberately seeking to twist the facts of the Savelugu incident to serve the interest of their collaborators the Npp. After all, at all material times, the facts as regards the Kadia polling station incident of over voting in the Savelugu Constituency had to do with presidential elections and not Parliamentary elections as Bossman Asare will want the unsuspecting public to believe.
The ECs own official, Ismael Quarshie a presidential ballots issuer at the Kadia Polling station in the Savelugu Constituency at the close of polls at 5:00pm on 7th December 2020 took a sheet of the presidential ballot thumb printed and dropped same in the ballot box, his action was challenged by the NDC agent since he was not a registered voter at the Kadia polling station, following which the incident was reported to the District Electoral Officer who subsequently reported the official’s action to the police.
Ismail Quarshie was arrested, charged and convicted by a competent court of jurisdiction on his own pleading.
Following disagreements between the NPP and the NDC over the incident the ballot boxes for kadia were taken to the Northern Regional Police Command where the counting was done. The presidential votes counted revealed an over voting of one vote confirming Ismail Quashie’s action.
The facts above are well known to the Electoral Commission since their Regional and District Officials were active participants throughout these processes.
Finally, it’s a well-known fact that the returning officers for Parliamentary Elections are at the District level, and the facts at the Northern Regional and Savelugu District Offices of the Electoral Commission does not support what Bossman Asare wants the whole world to believe.
We end by calling on Bossman Asare to immediately retract his false claims and apologize to the people of Ghana in whose interests he’s supposed to be working.
Signed: KingSalam RS 0244170692
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