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Results of 2012 elections stolen for one party- PPP
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Nathan Gadugah          Published On: December 20, 2012, 15:39 GMT
 
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 Results of 2012 elections stolen for one party- PPP

Kofi Asamoah-Siaw


The Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) has joined the growing chorus of election fraud in the 2012 elections.

It says it has evidence some figures at the polling stations did not tally with those collated at the collation centre.

What it worse, the miscalculations were “not just mistakes or wrongful tabulation but clear fraudulent acts by some EC officials,” General Secretary of the party, Kofi Asamoah-Siaw told Joy News’ Evans Mensah on Thursday.

The claim by the PPP follows several other claims of fraud by the NPP, NDP and some members of the PNC.

The NPP insists the fraud is too widespread to let go and have sworn to go to court with evidence they claim to be gathering.

But the PPP says the evidence it has gathered so far indicated the 2012 elections were not free, fair and credible.

“The will of the people has been perverted,” Kofi Asamoah-Siaw said at an earlier press conference.

Citing examples of the evidence he claims the party has uncovered, the PPP General Secretary mentioned the KEEA constituency where he said the party lost 1000 votes through fraudulent acts by the electoral officer.

“Individuals at the KEEA Collation Centre ingeniously used a simple modification to the formulas used to tabulate the results from each polling station to erase two polling stations from the total. They subtracted the two rows from the formula. Due to this evil trick, a vigilant party agent would see the polling stations on the spread sheets, however the numbers will be absent from the total,” he said.

He said the PPP and the NPP were victims of such manipulation in the constituency.

He also mentioned the Assin South Constituency where another case of attempted theft took place.

“These are just two of the many cases of attempted and successful Electoral Fraud in the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections,” he said.

Despite these perversions, he said the PPP is not likely to go to court but will rather seek a major reform of the electoral system which will make it impossible for anybody to manipulate the figures.

"So even though we have evidence of stealing that led to results that favoured one party, the bigger issue is that the results on the whole do not reflect the people’s will,” Siaw said.

Meanwhile, the EC says the electoral laws give right to all who are aggrieved by the results of the election to proceed to court.

The Principal Public Relations officer of the Commission, Sylvia Annor told Joy News the EC is ready to assist any party with figures of the results if it wants to proceed to court.


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