Ghana election 2016 results: ‘Be patient with us’ – EC Chair

charlotte-oseiThe Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei, has appealed to Ghanaians to exercise patience as the Commission continues to collate results of Wednesday’s general election.

She said the EC had so far received results from 90 out of the country’s 275 constituencies and would put them in the public domain as soon as certain processes had been fulfilled.

Mrs Osei was speaking at a press conference at the Commission’s headquarters in Accra on Thursday.

The Commission had come under criticism from supporters of some political parties, civil society organisations and other interested stakeholders for the delay in releasing results.

According to the EC Chair the electronic system the Commission was using for compilation of results had been compromised, thereby compelling officials to do the exercise manually and hence the delay.

She said Wednesday’s elections had been conducted in a fair and transparent manner, adding that the same process will be employed in the declaration of the results.

”This is not the first time results declaration has gone beyond 24 hours after the close of polls”, she indicated, and cited the 2008 and 2012 elections whose results were announced about 72 hours after voting had ended.

Mrs Osei said as at Thursday evening the results from some regions had not yet been received.

She reiterated that the Commission does not declare results based on collations made by political parties, and that due diligence would be done to come out with credible results.

“The duty we owe to Ghana is not to declare results quickly. Rather, it is our duty to declare accurate results”, she emphasised. GNA

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