The Director of Elections of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has expressed his party’s commitment to pursue a case of ballot stuffing and over-voting during the 2020 elections.
The NDC stalwart disclosed that his party will pursue the police to furnish Ghanaians with the details of investigations into electoral malpractices last year.
This he said will help Ghanaians appreciate the irregularities that characterised the polls.
Afriyie Ankrah, who believes his party was shortchanged during the elections, indicated that there were cases of over-voting in the Ashanti region but the EC overlooked it.
The former Minister for Youth and Sports is convinced the processes leading to the polls were not transparent enough, stressing the managers of the Electoral Commission (EC) must be investigated.
Speaking to Mugabe Maase on the ‘Gumbe Show’ on TV XYZ, Afriyie Ankrah disclosed that the police were able to arrest some Ghanaians who had thumb-printed ballot papers at several polling stations in the Ashanti region–the stronghold of their opponents– the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
“Till date, we have not heard anything about the arrests,” he disclosed while lamenting the “fraudulent” activities that characterised the 2020 polls.
This, Mr Afriyie Ankrah’s believes the NDC is ready to pursue the matter although the post elections dispute at the Supreme Court prevented the EC Boss, Jean Mensa from mounting the witness box for cross-examination.
“What has happened to the people who were arrested during the 2020 elections for electoral malpractices?” he quizzes.
According to him, there are videos to support their case in any investigation.
“The videos are there and infact, you could see some of these guys in handcuffs. Do I sell handcuffs? I don’t so it tells you the police made those arrests and you can see some police personnel in the videos but for security reasons, we didn’t show their faces,” he intimated.
Reiterating the NDC’s readiness to take the matter up, he charged the new IGP, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, to furnish Ghanaians with details of the matter.
To him, it is only when the culprits are brought to book that the EC would be exposed for doing a bad job.
His comments come after the 2020 flagbearer of the NDC, former President John Mahama recently alleged that there were 1million ballot stuffing in the last elections in favour of the NPP.
The EC, led by Deputy Chairperson Dr Bossman Asare, discounted the claim and charged the police to investigate Mahama over the allegations.