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WR: 6 ballot boxes confirmed missing

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The Electoral Commission in the Western Region has 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 that six boxes, out of some 44 being conveyed from the regional office of the EC to the various constituencies within the region, had gone missing during transit.

In an interview with Citi News, Charles Bissiw, the NPP’s secretary in the region, explained: “On the 16th of November 2016, when the ballot boxes were being transported to the various constituencies in the region, in between Tarkwa, six of the boxes went missing. It was reported to the Tarkwa Police, but later had to be reported to the Kwesimintsim Police Command yesterday (Friday). We got wind of it and we were told the police had started investigations it.”

Mr Bissiw was, however, quick to point out that the party was “not happy” for which reason it was calling a regional executive committee meeting to discuss the issue, while adding: “Because of this issue, we have called all our constituency executives to go to the district EC offices to audit all the ballot papers, count them book by book and page by page to ascertain what is happening there.”

The Western Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Stephen Opoku Mensah, confirmed the incident, saying the boxes had not been stolen but fell off the Commission’s moving truck.

“Yes, the incident that the NPP is talking about happened, but it was not that it was stolen. Six empty boxes fell off on the road when they were being transported, but the police are looking into the matter,” he told Citi News.

Mr Mensah, however, denied suggestions of foul play, urging calm.


Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM

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