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General News of Thursday, 8 December 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

Give EC time to ensure credible polls – Nana Addo to Ghanaians

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, has called on his supporters, and Ghanaians, to give the Electoral Commission (EC) ample time to oversee a credible electoral process.

The EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, at an earlier press conference on Thursday, indicated that it had identified some flaws in its electronic transmission system for results and has thus advised its officers to resort to the manual transmission of results.

This, coupled with the Commission’s decision to review election results from all the collation centres across the country to check reports of over-voting from certain polling stations, will ostensibly lengthen the period to the declaration of results.

The EC maintained that it would not sacrifice accuracy for speed in the declaration of the results.

In an address at his residence at Nima, Nana Akufo-Addo adopted a similar stance as he reminded that, “all of us are duty-bound to support her [Charlotte Osei] and give her that time so that we have a pronouncement that is devoid of controversy and of difficulty.”

He acknowledged that the period leading up to the declaration would leave some Ghanaians anxious but also implored that “this is the time that that we all have to remain very calm and very focused.”

“The eyes of the world are on us and it is important that we behave as people who understand their own self-worth and dignity,” the NPP Flagbearer added.
The EC at its press conference indicated that it had received results from 90 out of 275 constituencies. Over 15 million voters cast their ballots across 28,992 polling stations on Wednesday, December 7 and Thursday December 8.

The last polls closed in the Jamon North constituency where the opening of polls was postponed to today [Thursday].