Election Dispute: NPP Heads to Court for Result Recount in Five Western Region Constituencies

As we are busy thinking that this year’s elections are devoid of court cases, the NPP has revealed intentions of taking the case of disputed constituency results to court…

Although the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has conceded defeat in the just concluded elections at the presidential level, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is not satisfied with the election results in five constituencies of the Western region. It is in this light that the leadership of the party in the Western Region, is saying they are considering a court action to force a recount of parliamentary ballots in the five constituencies which are Ellembelle, Aowin, Suaman, Amenfi Central, and Juaboso.

The NPP is alleging some irregularities in the counting and collation of constituency results in these areas. Meanwhile, all these constituencies have largely been strongholds of the NDC except Ellembele.

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The NPP won eight (8) more seats at the end of the 2016 polls, to take their total to sixteen (16), leaving the NDC with ten (10), which includes the five in contention.

The NPP’s intention to take the matter to court was revealed by the party’s Western regional Secretary, Charles Bissue, in an interview with Citi News. According to him, the NPP’s legal team will meet today [Tuesday] to see to that. He also disclosed that the party has called for the pink sheets which they are going to review.

Charles Bissue argued that during the election process on December 7, the NPP put measures in place, on how to collate their own results which was piloted in Amenfi West. According to him, their results were ready by 6.30 pm; 5 hours before the EC got their results; so by 7:00pm they already knew which constituencies in which the NPP won.

He said the EC’s confirmation of compromise of its electronic results transmission process calls for appropriate measures to be taken to determine the accuracy of the final results declared. He therefore stressed that they will have to recount the results manually to ensure their accuracy.

The EC were inputting the same figures into its system, but at some point the results started changing. Thankfully, Charlotte Osei [EC Chairperson] said their system had been compromised; and I think she actually agreed with us so we are going to court, we open the ballot boxes and go for manual count, Bissue stressed.

However, the Western Regional secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joe Nelson, has called on the public to ignore the claims of the NPP, saying they have no basis for their demands. According to him, the NDC’s victory in the constituencies in question is genuine and indisputable.

He noted that, in some constituencies including Amenfi Central which is among the constituencies being contended by the NPP, the NDC won after requesting for an open count of the ballots.