The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has petitioned the Inspector General of Police to investigate the alleged printing of one million extra ballot papers by Innolink Printing Press during the 2020 general elections.
In a petition to the IGP Dr George Akufo Dampare, signed by General Secretary Asiedu Nketia, the Party stated that the papers were printed illegally. Thus officials of the Electoral Commission and Innolink found culpable, must be prosecuted.
Providing the details of their complaint, the Party alleged that the ballot papers were discovered by their agents when they, alongside others, had returned to Innolink Printing press to supervise the reprinting of ballots for the Afigya Kwabre South Constituency.
According to the Party, “when our agents confronted, the supervisors at Innolink, they gave all manner of incoherent answers. One claimed that it was a ‘back up’ while another lady in charge of the bindery claimed they were meant for ‘run-off. Seemingly confused, officials of Innolink could not provide any further tenable answers.”
“When EC officials were asked about the above development, they denied any knowledge of same…our agents insisted that the ballots should be destroyed forthwith. They ensured that all the ballots which were estimated at over one million were shredded and scheduled for destruction,” the party claimed.
Despite the destruction of the papers by the Electoral Commission, the NDC believes that some of the excess ballots were sent to the Ashanti Region before the discovery by the Party’s agents.
The NDC attached videos of the papers being discovered at Innolink, photographs of the papers, video reports among others to the petition.
While looking forward to your swift investigation and prosecution of culprits involved in the above criminal act, the National Democratic Congress wishes to assure you of its full cooperation in the conduct of your investigations,” they added.