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NDC cautions EC not to try to rig the 2024 elections

The Electoral Commission (EC) has received a warning from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) about attempts to rig the general elections in 2024.

The NDC promised to investigate and expose any attempts by the EC to compromise the credibility of the election process.

The EC acknowledged inaccuracies in the first release of numbers from the ongoing Limited Voter Registration Exercise, to which the NDC has responded with these observations. Following this, the EC fixed these mistakes and gave precise numbers for each region.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, May 16, 2024, NDC General Secretary Fifi Fiave Kwetey asserts that the errors were “completely preventable.”

He issued a warning: “The EC would have been shown to be in the clear that their figures were incorrect by simple arithmetic, precisely summing the regional figures from the 16 regions.” These errors are completely preventable. Why is the Ghanaian Election Commission limited to becoming a “Error Commission”?

“The Electoral Commission has to disassociate itself from any plans to rig elections, and anyone attempting to do so will face stiff opposition and scrutiny.”

Mr Kwetey further issued a firm notice to the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission that the 2024 elections will not be business as usual.

The EC’s reorganisation of categories, according to the NDC General Secretary, is “transpositional rigging.”

The Electoral Commission acknowledged in a press release on May 12, 2024, that incorrect numbers had been posted earlier and that attempts had been made to fix them. They asserted, however, that the total number of voters who registered during the course of the four days stayed the same. This instance is a prime example of “transpositional rigging,” in which numbers are switched around inside categories without impacting the sum total. It is blatantly deceptive for the EC to claim that these inaccuracies in regional statistics had no bearing on the overall count.

“Ladies and gentlemen, with this press conference, we are issuing a firm notice to the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission: the 2024 elections will not be business as usual! We are also here to declare unequivocally that any attempt by the EC to violate CI 127, which governs the conduct of the general elections, will be met with resolute resistance from us. We will not stand idly by while the EC undermines the time-tested electoral processes that are well recognised and respected by all stakeholders,” he pointed out.

He tasked the EC with treating the management of electoral figures with extreme caution.

Since electoral figures are essential to the integrity of the elections, it is necessary that the EC handle their management with the highest seriousness. Fifi Kwetey said, “No voter should be denied the right to vote as a result of careless mistakes.”

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