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General News of Saturday, 15 December 2012

Source: Radio Gold

NPP's Gathering Of Electoral Evidence Is Another 419 Like Free SHS- Fiifi Kwetey

A Deputy Minister for Finance and newly elected Member of Parliament for Ketu-South Constituency, Fifi Kwetey, has described claims being made by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) against the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the 2012 General Election was rigged in favour of President Mahama as fraud.

Speaking on Radio Gold’s Gold Power Drive, Friday, Fifi Kwetey said the attempt by the NPP to provide evidence to the so called allegation is an effort to swindle Ghanaians.

“You see these guys have absolutely nothing. The whole evidence they are working on is nothing but another 419 just like their Free SHS had been 419 and Azaa,” he said.

According to him, in the strong room of the Electoral Commission (EC) on Sunday 9th December, the National Chairman of the NPP, Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, confronted the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Afari Gyan, challenging him to withhold declaring the results of the election claiming he had original results which defy those the Electoral Commission received from the various collation centres.

However, Fifi noted that “when the Electoral Commissioner withdrew to examine those results, they realized that, a lot of it was absolutely incomplete. Some of it they were mixing parliamentary figures with presidential figures”

He also indicated that the NPP claimed for example that the returning officer announced 67,710 votes in favour of the NDC instead of 53, 710 in the Ledzokuku Constituency in the Greater Accra Region. However when the EC cross-checked the figures it turned out to be false because the true figure recorded was 53,710 votes for the NDC.

He added that the NPP had been pursuing a ‘power-sharing’ agenda since 1992 hence they are working so hard at it by trying intelligently to deceive Ghanaians so they can win their support to negotiate for a power-sharing “but Ghanaians have spoken at the Parliamentary Level and across the Regions in Ghana. The NDC has won eight out of ten regions”.