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General News of Sunday, 9 December 2012

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NPP Charges Polling Agents

To Check All Ballot Serial Numbers To Secure Victory

Boakye Agyarko, NPP Campaign Manager, this afternoon urged all party polling agents in the few places which voted today to check the serial numbers of every ballot paper. This will ensure the authenticity of the cast ballots that were kept overnight after voting was suspended because of technical issues with biometric verification. The NPP had insisted on the ballots from yesterday to be "counted, recorded and sealed." However, this did not happen in most cases.

According to the NPP Campaign Manager, the party, which has picked up significant seats across the country, including increasing its seats in NDC stronghold, the Northern Region, by at least 3-fold, is steadily on course to win the presidential contest.

"With NDC fast exhausting its votes in its strongholds and most of the figures from our strongholds yet to be declared, we have every reason to stay confident about our victory. What is left is for our agents to stay vigilant, scrutinise every ballot to secure victory."

Boakye Agyarko urged NPP polling agents at the 169 polling stations, where voting took place today, to continue to exercise caution and to remain at the height of vigilance until the last ballot box is sealed and the last vote counted, taking note of the serial numbers on ballot box seals.

"We also demand transparency and impartiality from the Electoral Commission. Any meeting held by the Electoral Commission must be convened in the presence of all parties, including the NPP. We cannot be sure of a free, fair, credible and legitimate election if actions are taken that appear to suggest figures are being tampered with. We have been tracking our figures right from the polling station and are very confident of our victory," he said.

Boakye Agyarko thanked voters for their patience and enthusiasm for the free and fair process. He assured them that the NPP would be victorious once all the votes were counted, and that no one would be disenfranchised, reiterating his call to the security services to discharge their duties with excellence so that all voters can express their will today in a credible and legitimate vote.

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