The Elections Directorate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has finally debunked accusations and finger pointing on its members for allegedly contributing to the defeat of the party in the 2016 general elections because they failed to collate the results.
“The attention of the Elections Directorate of the NDC has been drawn to some untruthful statements in some sections of the media to the effect that the Elections Directorate of the NDC then headed by Hon. Ofosu Ampofo, failed or did not collate the results of the 2016 presidential elections.”
“This view is palpably incorrect and the Directorate states categorically that the results were duly collated and compiled by members of the Directorate and are available for verification at the party headquarters for those who care to know.”
At a press conference, NDC Acting Director of Elections, Mr. Bede .A. Ziedeng said those peddling the falsehood are either detractors of Ofosu Ampofo or are persons who have completely failed to understand how elections results are collated.
“We collated the presidential results from the various constituency and Regional centres. The NDC National Elections Directorate has never collated results from the primary source i.e the polling stations where we have the pink sheets in order to help mount a credible defense.”
“Otherwise the pink sheets would have stayed at the various polling stations. It is therefore factually inaccurate for anyone to make a claim that the Elections Directorate or the Director of Elections then, Hon. Ofosu Ampofo, did not or failed to collate the results of the 2016 presidential elections, when indeed the facts point to the contrary,” he stated.
He added that during the 2016 elections, there was an attempt to establish a new infrastructure for the collation of results from the polling stations. This, he indicated, was outside the Elections Directorate, which was not involved in the management.
The Directorate, Mr. Bede Ziedeng mentioned, started the collation of results at the party headquarters right from 7th December, through 8th December to 9th December 2016 when former President Mahama made his concession speech.
By William Sarpong