This was against claims by Ghana’s biggest opposition party, NPP.
Deputy Chairman in charge of Finance and Administration of the commission, Georgina Opoku Amankwah who was speaking on Class News on Tuesday April 12, 2016 indicated that transmitting of results was never the work of the STL and Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan, former chairman of the commission, had always been emphatic on this fact and the commission had never come out to say that what Dr Afari Gyan put out there was not true.
“That is why the commission has not spoken because we have given our position and it had been made clear all this time round that the STL never transmitted results of the commission of the elections,” she said.
According to her, the EC “would come out appropriately at the appropriate time and everybody will know what the electoral commission is doing.”
Ghana has been plunged into some controversies that had to do with the actual role of STL in Ghana’s elections.
This however stirred up after the Minister of the Interior, Prosper Bani, said in a statement that some three South Africans who were arrested and detained by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for false declaration and illegal training of some 15 NPP members as security detail for the party’s flagbearer and running mate, had in their possession documents that profiled employees of STL, a company he claimed was contracted by the EC to transmit election results in 2012.
Prosper Bani’s statement contrasted former EC Chair Dr Afari Gyan’s denial, during the 2012 elections that STL had anything to do with transmission of tallied results on behalf of the EC. The contrasting statement by the Minister prompted a press conference by the New Patriotic Party at which they accused the EC of using STL to “manipulate” election results in the last general polls.
Meanwhile, Opoku Mankwah stressed that all that the STL is doing for, or does for EC is that they helped in buying the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) equipment and then the BVDs [Biometric Verification Devices].
“So, as I speak, they are the people who are working on these things, the BVRs that they helped us procure, it is they who service it, it is they who programme it for us to do the registration and then on the day of poll, the BVDs, the verification devices, it is they who also will work on them, there’s nothing like they transmitting results of elections and all I know is that they service those equipment for us and then prepare them …for registration… . You know the BVRs come with certain components: cameras, scanners and those things, they fix all those things for us,” she indicated.
It could be recall that the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) had challenged the Electoral Commission (EC) to disclose its engagement with Superlock Technologies Ltd (STL) against the backdrop of allegations the company manipulated the results of the 2012 elections.
At a press conference at the party’s headquarters on Tuesday 5th April, 2016 Communications Director of the NPP Nana Akomea criticised the EC over its deafening silence concerning its relationship with the technology vendor.
The latest confusion erupted after a statement issued by Interior Minister Prosper Bani indicated that the services of STL were employed during the 2012 general polls.
The party, however, argued that the EC had been categorical that STL had nothing to do with the transmission of election results.
Even though the Acting General Secretary of the party, John Boadu, issued a statement demanding answers, the EC is yet to respond.
He wondered why some functionaries of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) were quick to jump to the defence of the EC and claim the election management body had no contract with STL to transmit results.