The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has asked the Inspector General of Police to investigate the alleged printing of an additional million ballots by Innolink Printing Press in the 2020 general election.
In a petition to IGP Dr George Akufo Dampare, signed by General Secretary Asiedu Nketia, the Party said the newspapers were printed illegally. Thus the officials of the Electoral Commission and Innolink found guilty, must be prosecuted.
Providing details of its complaint, the Party alleged that the ballots were discovered by its agents as they returned, along with others, to Innolink Printing Press to supervise the reprinting of the ballots for the constituency of ‘Afigya Kwabre South.
According to the Party, “when our agents confronted Innolink’s supervisors, they gave all kinds of inconsistent responses. One claimed that it was a “back-up” while another lady in charge of the binding claimed that they were intended for a “runoff”. Seemingly confused, Innolink officials were unable to provide further defensible answers. “
“When EC officials were asked about the above development, they denied any knowledge of the same… our agents insisted that the ballots be destroyed immediately. They ensured that all ballots estimated at over a million were shredded and scheduled to be destroyed, ”the party said.
Despite the destruction of the papers by the Election Commission, the NDC believes that some of the surplus ballots were sent to the Ashanti region before the discovery by Party agents.
The NDC attached to the petition videos of documents discovered at Innolink, photographs of the documents, video reports, among others.
“Pending your investigation and your swift prosecution of the culprits involved in the aforementioned criminal act, the Democratic National Congress wishes to assure you of its full cooperation in the conduct of your investigations,” they added.
One million more ballots claimed
Former President John Mahama on one of his thank-you tours alleged that a lot went wrong in the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Among other things, he said the military raided collection centers and forced election officials to report the results as around a million more ballots were printed after the printing exercise.
“Over a million ballots were created, which the EC said happened in error, but on election day some of the more than a million additional ballots already had been secretly printed in favor of the NPP and so these things were damaged. the credibility of the polls and caused embarrassment, ”he told Prestea division chief Nana Nteboah Pra.
However, the Election Commission at a press conference not only dismissed the allegations, but also called on John Mahama to provide proof of his statement.
According to the EC, although they believe the claims to be false, allegations of ballot stuffing can undermine the credibility of the electoral process and therefore should not be ignored.
“The former president said that the EC had printed 1 million ballots in favor of the president. It’s wrong. We call on the former president in the interest of our democracy to provide proof of EC ballot stuffing. This is not an issue to be ignored and we call on the Ghana Police Service to investigate this point ”, said the Vice-President of the EC, Dr Bossman Asare.
Following EC’s position, Aseidu Nketia said the NDC is ready to support appeals to the Ghana Police Department to investigate the allegations.
Speaking in an interview on JoyNews‘ The pulse Mr Nketia said on Wednesday that the NDC did not report the issue of Inno-link printing additional ballots because they (NDC) did not want to damage their (Inno-Link) built reputation. over time.
The NDC, however, expected the printing house to address the problem through administrative measures, he said. But that has not happened to this day.
“Inno-Link allowed the EC to use this as an opportunity to slander us [NDC] and our refusal or inability to escalate the matter is a weakness on our part. “
Mr Nketia said the NDC “will change our decision and ensure that the police are called to find out who was at fault, as the issues are not controversial at all”.