Mahama warns EC against vote rigging after its directive on vote transfer process - Onlinetimesgh

Mahama warns EC against vote rigging after its directive on vote transfer process

Former President John Mahama has criticized the Electoral Commission (EC) for barring political parties from monitoring the ongoing transfer of votes.

In a press release on Monday, Mahama highlighted that the EC’s decision contradicts an agreement made with political parties at an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting a week ago. He claims this move suggests the Commission is aiding the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in winning the 2024 general elections.

“The NPP knows and internally admits that it will lose the 2024 presidential elections. We also know that, as a last resort, it seeks to deploy gerrymandering during this voter transfer period to improve its chances in the parliamentary elections in the erroneous belief that it may rely on that to affect its presidential votes,” Mahama stated.

He further alleged, “We have a long list of constituencies in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions, as well as selected areas in Greater Accra and other regions, where the NPP is transferring thousands of voters from their strongholds to offset the NDC’s gains in constituencies we control.”

Despite these tactics, Mahama believes the NPP will fail to retain power, citing their leadership over the past eight years. He noted, “Ghanaians have already decided to vote Akufo-Addo and Bawumia out due to the unprecedented hardships they face from economic mismanagement and deep-seated corruption.”

Mahama urged the EC to fulfill its mandate impartially and “stop working in the interest of the ruling party.”

John Mahama’s comments come in response to the EC’s directive to its Regional Directors, instructing them to inform District Directors that agents of political parties will not be allowed to observe the ongoing transfer of votes. This directive takes effect on Monday, June 3.

In a memo, the EC explained that the decision was made due to several clashes that occurred at its district offices.

The NDC vehemently opposed the directive, urging its agents to disregard the EC’s instruction. The party argues that this directive could facilitate gerrymandering through unlawful voter transfers, undermining the electoral process’s integrity.

The NDC has instructed its regional and constituency secretariats to deploy agents to all EC district offices to monitor the voter transfer exercise closely.

Read full statement of Mahama’s caution against EC over rigging plans with NPP

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