The Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has refuted claims that it did not collate the result of the 2016 presidential elections as being circulated by section of the media.
NDC’s acting Director of Election, Bede A. Ziedeng said the attention of the Election Directorate had been drawn to some untruthful statements to the effect that the Election Directorate then headed by Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo failed or did not collate the results of the presidential results.
Rubbishing such claims, Mr. Ziedeng said “this view is palpably incorrect, and the Director states categorically that the results were duly collated and compiled by members of the Directorate and are available for verification at the party headquarters for those who care to know”.
He said persons peddling such “mischievous falsehood” were either detractors of Mr Ofosu Ampofo or are persons who have completely failed to understand how election results are collated, thereby daring anyone who doubted to check the meaning of collate as defined in the dictionary.
“…In doing so, we need to provide some education and clarification. We also invited such persons to look up for the dictionary meaning of the word COLLATE”. He stressed.
It seems the NDC resorted to an electronic election result collation system just like what the New Patriotic Party (NPP) used for real-time data gathering.
Stating the records straight, he revealed that “during the 2016 elections, there was an attempt to establish a new infrastructure for the collation of the results from the polling stations. But this was completely outside the directorate, and the elections directorate was not involved in its management,” he said.
“Unfortunately, it was this infrastructure which crashed soon after it was deployed and therefore failed to provide any result for the party. And this was alluded to by the Professor Kwesi Botchwey committee report. But that does not mean that no results were collated,” said Bede Ziedene added.
Gazette election results
The directorate also bemoaned the cold feet by the Electoral Commission to gazette the results of the 2016 general election. This the Acting Director of Election of the NDC said provides no room for comparing it’s figures with what the EC has.
“The electorate was waiting for the EC to gazette the polling results, so that we could do a comparison of the figures. To date, the EC has failed to gazette the polling station results, and so there is no opportunity for verification” he bemoaned.