Discrepancies in the parliamentary election results in the Bawku Central Constituency of the Upper East Region are causing delay in the announcement of winner of the Wednesday polls.
Agents of Mahama Ayariga, the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) and those of Gabiana Agbanwa Abugri of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) say they discovered discrepancies in the results as they were brought to the collation centre in Bawku. They want those discrepancies to be addressed.
While both sides suspect over voting in some polling stations in their opponent’s strongholds, they also claim records on some pink sheets were ridden with discrepancies.
After long hours of fruitless attempts to resolve the issue in Bawku, all ballot boxes including the disputed ones were sent to the regional collation centre at the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs in Bolgatanga on Thursday evening to be resolved by the office of the Regional Electoral Commission.
Throughout Thursday night, agents and the two candidates including the EC tried to reconcile the figures but they failed.
After efforts resumed Friday morning to rectify the discrepancies were unsuccessful, James Arthur-Yeboah, regional EC director announced he needed to rush to Tamale to attend to an equally important issue and to return later in the after. But before he left, he charged the candidates, their agents and his officials to continue rectifying the issue while waiting for him.
Interestingly, Madam Gabiana Agbanwa Abugri, a midwife, is the aunty of Mahama Ayariga and was the one who raised him up. Both are from the same family and perhaps, that could be responsible for the cordiality between the two. There were no throwing of jabs by the two.
The discrepancies are being rectified but not without little tension as agents and EC officials intermittently disagree with one another.
Meanwhile, Mahama Ayariga was said to be in the lead before the discrepancies were detected.