A claim by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that it intercepted one million extra ballots in the Ashanti Region in the heat of the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections has been rubbished by the Electoral Commission (EC), describing it as ‘pure lies.’
The NDC’s Director of Elections, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, claimed on state-owned GTV Breakfast Show on Tuesday that the party was vigilant in thwarting the so-called plans of the EC, thereby creating the impression that the commission had something sinister under its sleeves against the NDC in the Ashanti stronghold of its NPP opponent.
Afriyie Ankrah spoke about how the party allegedly “intercepted” and “caused” the destruction of over a million extra ballot papers that were heading to the region.
“One of the printing houses where Ashanti Region ballots were printed, when the printing is done they are now packaged and recorded and we all sign for it, then it is sent to the region,” he claimed.
“When it is sent to the region, they will also check and confirm that they have received ‘x’ amount of ballot papers for this region, for this constituency etc. When that is done, then the remaining ballot papers are burnt and thrashed,” he said and continued that “then they give you a certificate of disposal signed by all the political parties that we have finished printing and these are the ballots that have been disposed of.”
According to him, the team had to return from Kumasi to Accra after a mistake was discovered with the PNC candidate’s photo.
Mr. Ankrah said they needed to return purposefully to reprint papers for the affected constituency alone.
“We came back to the printing house and our guys saw a pack of ballot papers covered and bound in brown envelopes. We checked and there were over one million extra ballots for Ashanti Region alone.
“We asked and the woman got confused and said they were for runoff. So we said how can you have a runoff for all the 12 candidates? So we called the Electoral Commission and eventually, we had to insist and we burned them, and I have evidence of that,” he claimed.
The NDC’s fresh claim, according to the EC source, is a “repackaged agenda,” indicating that a similar claim was made in November 2020 ahead of the December 7, 2020 process and was debunked.