Campaign coordinator for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) 2020 election bid has refuted assertions that the Electoral Commission (EC) was free and fair in the execution of the December polls.

Alex Segbefia cited what he describes as the EC‘s inexperience during the national voters’ registration exercise and other mandatory processes which, he believes, affected the Commission’s delivery.

“And what do I mean by that? They were given a tall order coming even into the 2020 elections, we had two referendums, one was scampered at the last minute but all the work had been done if you remember. They had to prepare registers for the new regional voting for the referendum”, the former Health Minister told JoyNews.

His comment comes after the Director of Training at the Electoral Commission (EC), Michael Boadu tagged the 2020 general election as the most successful, well-coordinated, seamless, and peaceful election organised in the history of the fourth republic.

However, Mr Segbefia indicated that the compilation of the voter’s register by the EC during a Covid-19 peak period was irrelevant considering the threat the virus posed to Ghanaians.

“At the last moment that was scampered but all the work had already been done, and they took upon themselves the need to say they were going to form a new register in a Covid season. Then they had to prepare themselves for what was potentially going to be whether DCE should be voted for or not”.

He added that Ghanaians living in the SALL regions were also disenfranchised over the Commission’s failure to ensure they were captured in the new voters’ register.

“What was the sum total of all these, blatant mistakes that were made one is the disenfranchisement of the people in the SALL region. A day before the election you decide they can’t vote in parliamentary elections that actually on its own is enough to say this wasn’t a free and fair election,” he stated.

Residents of Santrofi, Akpafu, Likpe and Lolobi (SALL) traditional areas, after the December polls, petitioned Speaker, Prof. Mike Ocquaye over what they described as an attempt to deny their constituents of a representation in the next parliament.

According to them, the decision to prevent them from taking part in the just-ended parliamentary polls makes them suspect the EC is being compromised by a deliberate agenda to “disenfranchise us and breach our constitutional right” to have their leader in the House.

The EC subsequently announced that indigenes of SALL who were initially within the Hohoe Constituency could only vote in the Presidential elections.