The Electoral Commission has warned all media houses in the country to desist from the usually controversial act of declaring election results ahead of the certified results of the Electoral Commission.
This warning is coming early enough before the nation’s general elections scheduled for November 7.
It could be recalled that in previous elections, some media channels rushed to release what they called ‘provisional results’ ahead of the certified results of the Electoral Commission. On some other occasions, some political parties declared themselves winners even before the EC made the final computations.
It was the Deputy Chair of the EC, Georginal Opoku Amankwaa who gave out this warning in an interview with Citi News.
According to her, doing this may result to discrepancy in the election result figures thereby making the populace to doubt the credibility of the EC’s final version of the results. This may in turn bring about conflict and instability during the election period. Her words:
“It may be that you get access to some results and after calculating, it comes out that the Electoral Commission, which has access to all the results has something different from yours; then people who might have heard you already would think that the figures might have been doctored by the Electoral Commission,” she said.
“We are therefore calling on the media not to declare the election results before the Electoral Commission.”
Ghana’s priority is that the upcoming election be free and fair, peaceful and void of any form of violence. It is for this reason that the Electoral Commission together with other concerned bodies are doing everything within their capacity to see that this common goal is achieved.