A former Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has commended the Electoral Commission (EC) for successfully conducting the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Koku Anyidoho said monitoring of the elections by the Atta Mills Institute confirmed that a lot of voters had successfully cast their ballots by 3pm Monday, and this was possible because of measures put in place by the Electoral Commission.
“Kudos to Jean Mensa and the Electoral Commission, [Dr] Serebour Quaicoe, [Samuel] Tettey and [Dr] Bossman Asare, Sylvia Annor and the others. They have done a fantastic job,” he said on Asempa FM’s Ekosiisen.
His comment follows various allegations by the opposition NDC that the Electoral Commission liaised with the ruling NPP to overturn some of the election results in NPP’s favor.
Mr Anyidoho said there was no doubt that the EC conducted a credible elections because biometric devices used during the elections verified all eligible voters.
He added that media projections also confirmed the outcome of the elections before the Commission publicly declared the results.
“It means that the machines were not pre-programmed to vote for anybody. That is why today, it is 137-137 [Parliamentary seats]. So I think we have come out of an election that will prove to us politicians, that you can’t take the electorate for granted any longer,” he said.
The Founder of the Atta Mills Institute (AMI), however, was not too pleased with the number of rejected ballots recorded after the elections.
He stated that the Institute (AMI) will in the next four years push for the NCCE to start a continuous public education programme from January 2021 to December 2024 on elections.
“There is a lot of work to be done in terms of educating the voter,” he said.
He also commended the media for its role in the coverage of the elections.
“But as it is now, the EC has done a fantastic job, Jean [Mensa – EC Chairperson] and team have done a fantastic job, the media, I think that on the average you have done a very good job. There was not too much sensationalism” on the part of the media, he said.
“There was no time for needless propaganda, even at the time that your [media] machines were telling you (on the projections) you were just telling the public what you have gathered, you were not making any declarations. And so I think that, Ghana’s democracy is going to grow for the better, this 8th Parliament,” he added.
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