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General News of Saturday, 23 February 2019


Police accompanied NDC ballot papers, claims of broken seals ‘shocking’ – Akamba

National Democratic Congress (NDC) National Organizer, Joshua Akamba has said he is shocked by reports that some seals on bags containing election materials have been broken ahead of the party’s presidential primary on Saturday.

He said all processes involving the printing and transfer of the ballot papers were done transparently, insisting that the security of the ballot papers was not compromised.

Speaking on Eyewitness News on Friday, Joshua Akamba said each candidate had a representative at the printing house to ensure that nothing was done to illegally influence Saturday’s election.

“I’m shocked about what I’m hearing that they had an issue with regards to the security of the ballot papers. It was dispatched together by the police. So it is strange,” he said on Eyewitness News.

“For me everything was done in a very transparent manner, all the candidates had their representative at the printing house and they saw everything, so for me, I am shocked that I am hearing that they have an issue with the security of the ballot papers,” he said

But aspiring flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Alabi has alleged some irregularities ahead of party’s presidential election tomorrow, Saturday.

According to him, his team has evidence that some seals on bags containing election materials were broken.

“The seals on the bags were broken,” he said on Eyewitness News on Friday.

Feeding and transportation rumours

On Thursday, Prof Joshua Alabi also debunked rumours that one of the candidates is taking responsibility for the transportation and feeding of the delegates.

He argued that the rumours are being peddled to give that particular candidate an upper hand over the others.

“The campaign team of Prof Joshua Alabi, a National Democratic Congress Flagbearer aspirant, has learnt with dismay, information making the rounds among the NDC delegates who are to vote on Saturday, 23rd February 2019, that feeding and transportation for delegates during tomorrow’s election of a Flagbearer is being sponsored by a particular candidate.”

“This falsehood being communicated to delegates is intended to unfairly give that particular candidate an edge over the other contestants, a statement from the team indicated.