The Electoral Commission (EC) on Saturday denied it has engaged the services of an Israeli company to transmit election results on its behalf and assured the nation that no results can be manipulated.
“The Commission wishes to reiterate that election results are signed and sent by fax and no company has been engaged for any such undertaking,” the EC Chairman Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, said in a statement.
Hundreds of angry supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Saturday stormed a building in Dzorwulu in Accra claiming it was being used to influence election figures.
The following is the full text of the statement.
“The Commission’s attention has been drawn to allegations that it has engaged the services of a company to do electronic transmission and collation of results on its behalf. We wish to state emphatically that no such engagement has been made and neither is the Commission doing electronic transmission of results.
“The Commission wishes to inform the general public that the transmission of results to its Head Office follows a clearly laid down transparent process.
“We wish to remind the public that ballots are counted openly at the polling stations and the results are signed by the agents of the parties, who are given copies of the signed results. The signed copies of the polling station results are then sent physically to the constituency collation centres, where collation of results is done in the presence of agents of the parties.
“At the end of the collation, the party representatives again sign and receive copies of the constituency results sheets. Copies of the signed declaration of results are sent to the Regional Offices of the Commission, from where they are faxed directly to the Operations Room of the Commission.
“The public is informed that currently there are representatives of the parties in the Commission’s operations room who are receiving and checking the results before endorsing them. Indeed, copies of the results are made for them before a copy is sent to the Chairman of the Commission for his signature.
“In some instances, party representatives in the operations room have called their agents in the constituencies to cross check the result before signing them.
“The procedure for the transmission of election results to the operations room is therefore thoroughly transparent and does not lend itself to manipulation.
“The Commission wishes to reiterate that election results are signed and sent by fax and no company has been engaged for any such undertaking.
“We wish to assure the nation that we will continue to use the transparent and verifiable approach of transmitting results and that no results can be manipulated.” GNA