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General News of Friday, 7 December 2012

Source: NPP Communications Directorate

Jake calls for respect of the law

The Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, has asked Ghanaians and all institutions involved in the conduct of the 2012 elections to respect the electoral laws governing this election.

He said the NPP sympathises with Ghanaians who have been on their feet, in some instances, for over 11 hours and yet have been disappointed because they could not vote.

The NPP understands that the EC is preparing to continue the process tomorrow and that areas where voting was stopped due to a lack of functional verification machines will vote tomorrow. In such areas, the partially filled ballot boxes are to be sealed and deposited in the nearest polling station.

“The NPP urges all Ghanaians to be resolute in their desire to have a free, fair and credible election. This election can only be credible if we follow the rules; and the rule is that where there is no verification, there shall be no vote.

It is a proud tradition that in every successive Ghanaian election, we strengthen the electoral system and therefore we believe Ghanaians will bear the inconvenience of continuing to vote tomorrow, rather than open this election to manipulation and in the process destroy the legitimacy we seek as a society,” Mr Obestebi-Lamptey said in a statement issued in Accra

He continued that Ghana is at an important crossroads and urged Ghanaians to support the EC to deliver a clean, free, fair and legitimate election.

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