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General News of Friday, 14 October 2016


PPP writes to A-G, EOCO to investigate fraud at EC

The Progressive People’s Party says it has written to the Attorney General and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) to investigate the Electoral Commission for suspected fraud being perpetuated at the commission.

The party is also asking the institutions to possibly prosecute persons found guilty of engaging in fraudulent act at the commission.

The call follows a discrepancy the party detected on a receipt issued by the commission to the PPP after it paid filing fees for its parliamentary candidates.

The PPP has been battling the EC over the disqualification of its presidential aspirant, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, accusing the commission of being bias in approving nominees for the 2012 presidential election.

Addressing the media in Accra Friday, PPP’s Policy Analyst Kofi Siaw said, “the receipt the EC gave the PPP on 10th October 2016 was fraught with mistakes.”

The amount quoted on the receipt was different from the figure, he noted.

“The receipt EC gave us for the payment of the deposit had GH1,700.00 in words but in figures they wrote one million seven hunderd (r was placed after e instead of vice versa) thousand Ghana cedis,” he explained.

Clearly, we have every reason to believe that the EC has set itself on a course for a possible fraudulent act and we have therefore written to the Auditor-General and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) to investigate this matter and prosecute the perpetuators if deemed necessary.”

The PPP is taking this course after the EC insisted on disqualifying Dr. Nduom on what they described as administrative and clerical errors of the presidential aspirants nomination forms.

“Does this not mean that it is possible for everyone to make administrative errors? If this is true, why does the EC want to work together with political parties with iron fists?”