National Democratic Congress (NDC) legislators have threatened to boycott all activities of the Electoral Commission (EC) after they were blocked by armed police officers from petitioning the Commission on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.
Police officers stationed at the EC stopped the parliamentarians from accessing the premises of the Electoral Commission (EC) to present a petition, stating their challenges with the recently held national elections and demanding the immediate collation of the 2020 Techiman South Constituency results.
The NDC MPs were led by Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu and the Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak who walked towards the EC but were stopped by the police who insisted they will not allow them proceed beyond a barricaded area.
Some of the legislators were manhandled amidst the chaos and hesitation of the group to retreat.
“The NDC Caucus of the current Parliament is fully aligned with the contention of our Flagbearer, H.E. John Dramani Mahama and the National Executive Committee of the NDC that the results of the Presidential Elections stand rejected and therefore we await further instruction from the party’s leadership in that regard.” The petition read
They also insisted that there has not been a collation done in the Techiman South constituency.
“That we are reliably informed by the NDC parliamentary candidate that, no collation of the results from the various polling stations has taken place since the elections ended at the close of polls on the 7th of December 2020; yet a declaration purported to have been made by the Electoral Commission in favour of the NPP candidate is now public information.”
The opposition National Democratic Congress has insisted that its candidate won the elections contrary to the announcement from the EC that the NPP candidate, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah won the polls.
It has said it will not accept the results of the elections because it was fraught with several irregularities including chaos at the collation center.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Commissioner of police (ACP) Mr. Kwasi Ofori, at the Accra Regional Operations Commander, Ghana Police Service, has stated that they denied the minority in parliament access to the EC offices because they did not inform the police
“They were supposed to notify us but nothing of that sort was done. We checked from the head of parliamentary police, Marshall’s office, and Accra Regional police desk and there was no such thing done.” ACP Kwesi Ofori
The Minority MPs, who marched from Parliament House to the headquarters of the EC at Asylum Down in Accra to present a petition to the election management body with regard to their concerns about the results of the Techiman South parliamentary race, got into a standoff with armed police officers, who attempted preventing them from gaining access to the confines of the EC.
The police argued that the MPs had flouted the Public Order Act by not notifying them of their march.
The MPs, on the other hand, counter-argued that they were just taking a walk to present a petition to the EC, of which they had written to the election management body about.
The MPs converged on the EC’s enclave for several minutes as the police barricaded the entrance to the office.
No EC official came out to receive the petition, a situation which compelled Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, to read out their concerns to the media.
Afterwards, the Tamale South MP served this notice to the EC Chair: “We will boycott the Electoral Commission coming forward in Parliament. We will boycott her and her Commission in Parliament. She will never be heard by us”.
Find below the full petition
PETITION BY THE NDC CAUCUS IN PARLIAMENT DIRECTED AT THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION TO CAUSE TO BE PROPERLY COLLATED THE 2020 TECHIMAN SOUTH CONSTITUENCY ELECTION RESULTS WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO FURTHER INTENDED ACTIONS ON THE PRESIDENTIAL AND OTHER DISPUTED CONSTITUENCY RESULTS
Petition as follows;
1. That the NDC Caucus of the current Parliament is fully aligned with the contention of our Flagbearer, H.E. John Dramani Mahama and the National Executive Committee of the NDC that the results of the Presidential Elections stands rejected and therefore we await further instruction from the party’s leadership in that regard.
2. That we have received and studied a petition from our Parliamentary Candidate and winner of the Techiman South Parliamentary Election, Christopher Beyere Baasongti on the happenings in Techiman South.
3. That in the Presidential and Parliamentary elections conducted nationally on the 7th of December 2020, the Returning Officer for Techiman South Constituency in the Bono East Region could not collate the results for both the Presidential and the Parliamentary candidates after the Polling Stations results had been counted and all Ballot Boxes sent to the Collation Centre in accordance with C.I. 127.
4. That the Returning Officer delayed the collation exercise with the explanation that there were problems with the results of two polling stations out of the two hundred and sixty-six polling stations in the constituency.
That long after midnight, the Agents for the NPP candidate also raised issues with three other polling station results before collation could commence.
5. That the Returning Officer later announced a change of collation centre from the Community centre to the Ahenfie Hall in Techiman.
6. That at the said collation centre, the parliamentary candidates, their representatives and Agents agreed with the Returning Officer to resolve the outstanding issues relating to the five polling stations that were raised by the Returning Officer and the Agents of the NPP candidate.
7. That during the discussion, there emerged serious differences between the Agents as to how to resolve the outstanding issues.
8. That the Regional Director of Elections together with his Deputy advised the way forward in resolving the controversy. While the Agents were doing all they could, to resolve the issues, armed security officers in police and military uniform stormed the centre, drove off the Agents for the NDC candidate from the collation room and in the process brutalised one of them, leaving only the election officers and the NPP Agents in the room.
- That the sight of the NDC agent, bleeding and moving in their direction, raised tension among the voters who were waiting outside to hear the results of the collation.
- That in an attempt to ascertain what had happened to the agent, the aforesaid uniformed men opened fire indiscriminately, killing two persons on the spot, and injuring nine others, one of whom died a day after on admission.
- That due to the state of insecurity at the centre, as a result of the shooting incident, the NDC Candidate and Agents had to advise the voters to leave the centre before taking cover themselves. No collation could have taken place that day in such circumstances and neither the NDC Candidate nor any of his Agents were informed or invited for the purpose of collating the presidential and parliamentary election results at a later date.
- That to all intents and purposes, no collation could have taken place and no collation took place in accordance with the provisions of C.I. 127.
- That your announcement of the Presidential results of the elections on the 9th of December 2020, as the Returning Officer, admitted this truism with the exclusion of the Presidential results of the Techiman South Constituency from the total tally.
- That we are reliably informed by the NDC parliamentary candidate that, no collation of the results from the various polling stations has taken place since the elections ended at the close of polls on the 7th of December, 2020; yet a declaration purported to have been made by the Electoral Commission in favour of the NPP candidate is now public information.
- That this omission amounts to a blatant breach of the provisions of C.I. 127 governing the conduct of the 2020 general elections.
- That pursuant to Regulations 2, 3 and 43 of the Public Elections Regulations, 2020, C.l. 127, it is mandatory that all results from all polling stations in the constituency at the end of the polls are collated at the Constituency Collation Centre before the declaration of same.
- That the Returning Officer is required by law to use FORM ONE C per C.I. 127, to collate the results of the Parliamentary Election from the various polling stations and capture the results in the Parliamentary Election Results Summary Sheet, FORM ONE D of the Schedule.
- That the Returning Officer is further required by Regulation 43(l)(f) to furnish each candidate or representative or counting agent of the candidate, a completed and signed copy of the Parliamentary Election Results Summary Sheets as set out in FORM ONE D of the schedule.
- That as at the time of this petition, no such copy of the parliamentary or presidential results sheets has been furnished the NDC candidates or their representatives or counting agents.
- That by this petition, we demand that you cause to be collated the Techiman South Constituency Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Results from all the Two Hundred and Sixty-Six (266) Polling stations in accordance with the law, with immediate effect.
- That pursuant to regulation 43 (2) of C.I. 127, the endorsed writ, gazette notification and notice to Clerk of Parliament be amended accordingly to reflect the true state of affairs.
- That this petition is without prejudice to further action we are determined to carry out in respect of the multiple Presidential Declarations and other constituencies in dispute.