The Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akomea, has indicated that the party will only go to court to seek redress if its check of collation sheets at the polling station and constituency levels show that the difference in the figures have had a direct impact on the outcome of the 012 polls.
Ghana?s largest opposition party has rejected the figures announced by Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan as results of ballots cast in the December 7 poll, alleging a manipulation of the figures by officials of the Electoral Commission at the constituency and polling station level.
Specifically, the NPP allege that election figures announced at the constituency collation centre and captured in the EC?s ?red sheet? were significantly different from the actual figures transmitted to the national office of the EC and subsequently posted on its website.
The party cites results from the Tamale South constituency, where candidate John Mahama received total votes of 37,832 but at the EC, 53,536 votes were recorded, representing additional votes of 15,704. At the Lower Manya Krobo constituency, John Mahama received total votes of 23,520 but it was allegedly changed to 30,183.
In the Techiman North constituency, John Mahama attained 10,519 votes but the EC recorded 16,329, an additional 5,810 votes. In the Kintampo North constituency 16,488 votes were recorded for President Mahama instead of 12,890 actual votes, the party alleges.
The NPP says records from just 10 constituencies ?Tamale South, Lower Manya Krobo, Techiman North, Yilo Krobo, Akropong, Berekum West, Kintampo South, Upper West Akyem, Mpohor and Yendi constituencies, as many as 52,483 more votes were fraudulently recorded for President Mahama.
Meanwhile, as President Mahama?s figures were being increased, that of his main opponent, Nana Akufo-Addo were being reduced, the NPP allege. They cite the Yendi constituency, where President Mahama received 20,658 votes instead of the recorded 21,668, while Nana Akufo-Addo?s votes were reduced from 27,678 to 26,989.
Supporters of the NPP have been calling on their leaders to reject the results and demand that their candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo is declared winner.
The National Executive of the party are set to hold a crucial meeting today Tuesday December 11, 012 to examine the evidence and decide on the next line of action, although there are indications the party will be heading to the law courts.
Speaking on Adom FM?s Dwaso Nsem morning show on Tuesday, Nana Akomea said the NPP was undertaking a systematic audit of the ?red sheet? across the country, and if the findings show that Nana Akufo-Addo has been robbed of victory, it would do whatever was legally necessary to ensure the right thing is done.
However, if the difference would not impact on who wins the 012 polls, the NPP would decide on its next line of action, Nana Akomea indicated.
He appealed to NPP supporters to be calm and trust the judgment of their leaders, saying now was not the time to be emotional; a clear-eyed examination of the situation was key.
Nana Akomea dismissed suggestions that NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo was suffering from depression following his electoral loss, saying the former Foreign Minister was upbeat and confident about his chances of eventually being declared winner of the December 7, 012 elections.
From: Ghana l Adomonline l Frank Agyei-Twum