General News of Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Source: Daily Graphic

EC has not tasked anybody to validate documents

The Electoral Commission (EC), has stated that it has not directed any of its officials to get people to sign any documents pertaining to the 2012 elections.

After the declaration of the election results, “It was absolutely unnecessary to sign any form,” EC Public Relations Director, Mr Owusu Parry told Graphic Online.

He was reacting to the arrest of three of its officials inTamale at the weekend, for possessing some unsigned pink sheets which they allegedly attempted to validate at Savelugu.

They are the Deputy Northern Regional Director of the EC, Mr. Godfred Oakley, the Savelugu/Nanton district director of the commission, Mr. Benjamin Akomanua and a national service person, Salamatu Osman.

Mr. Akomanua and Salamatu were alleged to have asked some returning officers in the area to sign 15 pink sheets that were in their possession at Savelugu on Sunday morning.

They were however apprehended by some operatives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and handed over to the Savelugu police.

A group of the party’s supporters later besieged the police station to ascertain the facts of the case.

The suspects were subsequently transferred to the regional police command in Tamale where the deputy director was also picked-up for interrogation.

The three have since been granted bail and according to the Northern Regional Police PRO, Mr. Ebenezer Tetteh, “they would be reporting periodically to the police to assist in further investigations into the matter.”

He said other suspects connected with the issue would also be invited to help the police in their enquiries.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2012 presidential candidate of the NPP, his running mate and the party’s National Chairman, Dr Mahamudu Bawumiah and Mr Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey respectively, have filed a petition at the Supreme Court, challenging the EC’s declaration of President John Dramani Mahama as the winner of the presidential election.

One of the NPP’s claims was that thousands of Pink sheets which contain details of polling station results, were not signed by the accredited officials.