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General News of Monday, 7 November 2016

Source: Kasapa FM

EC’s election results recount not permissible under law – CODEO

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers(CODEO) says it will be most inappropriate for the Electoral Commission to order for a recount of votes in this year’s general elections should the results be too close to call.

Speaking on the issue on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM Monday, National Coordinator of CODEO, Albert Kofi Arhin said such input into the process by the Election Management Body (EMB) is illegal and doesn’t fall within the remit of the EC to do so per the laws governing this year’s elections, C.I 94.

“This is outside the C.I 94 and that will be illegal. I’m yet to see that practice works in our system. The recount generally comes at the polling station level where a party may protest the results and as a such the need for a recount becomes so crucial. Apart from that you cannot say results are too close so I’m ordering for a recount; On what basis?

The Chairperson of the Commission on Thursday told the BBC that to avoid the wrong candidate is declared winner of the 2016 presidential election, it would do a recount if the results are close.

“Our elections in Ghana tend to be very close. If it is so close, it might be prudent to stop, inform everyone, do a total recount and be sure of what we are announcing finally,” the EC chairperson, Charlotte Osei explained.

But Mr. Arhin believes the EC Chairperson’s position on the counting of the results is invalid and not conventional in the Ghanaian electoral system.

“This year’s election is backed by the C.I 94, and all activities leading to the elections are covered in the C.I and so you cannot ignore the law and be doing some other things that are not prescribed in the laws and regulations governing the elections. Even if there are some disputes arising from the outcome which may likely trigger some chaos, you show evidence but you cannot get up and order for a recount on the basis of closeness of results.”

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