The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has charged the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana to ensure that some six missing ballot boxes in the Western Region are located before the December 7 elections.
“The danger is that if it is not found, it will be utilised by some mischief makers on Election Day and we start seeing ballot boxes popping up in various parts of the region and causing confusion,” PPP Policy Advisor Kofi Asamoah-Siaw said on Monday, November 28, 2016.
The EC in the Western Region had corroborated claims by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that some six ballot boxes meant for December’s polls cannot be found.
The opposition party had earlier raised the alarm the boxes, out of some 44 being conveyed from the regional office of the EC to the various constituencies within the region, had gone missing while in transit.
The Western Regional Director of the EC, Stephen Opoku Mensah, confirmed the incident, saying the boxes had not been stolen but fell off the Commission’s moving truck. He denied suggestions of foul play, urging calm.
But Mr Asamoah-Siaw insists that with the tension surrounding the elections, it does not augur well for such occurrences, so the EC must retrieve the boxes to build public trust.
“Even though this is a minor issue, we need to retrieve these boxes so that it doesn’t get into the hands of mischief makers. The Electoral Commission must be careful with how they distribute electoral materials so some of these things do not happen. Already, there is so much confusion and lack of trust around the work of the Commission, so the least we expect is having some of these things happening,” he told Citi FM.