Two flagbearer aspirants of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have alleged that there has been a tempering with the seals on bags containing ballot papers ahead of the party’s presidential primaries.
The NDC goes to the polls today, Saturday, February 23 to elect its flagbearer for the 2020 general elections.
However, there have been a series of complains from Alban Bagbin and Prof Joshua Alabi, who both claimed on Friday, February 22, 2019 that they suspect foul play.
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Speaking to Accra-based Joy FM, Mr Bagbin said: “The seals that were placed on the ballot bags – seals of the contestants – were broken before they arrived at the region. All the seals were broken. This means they have been tampered with and our representatives have raised issues with that.”
According to him, all promises made by the leadership of the party in relation to the primaries were yet to be kept.
The Deputy Speaker was also quick to warn that “if the process is so compromised that it will tend to invalidate the elections results, definitely, we will resort to the court for action.”
Meanwhile, Richard Quashigah, who is the spokesperson for Prof Alabi’s campaign team, said they also found broken seals on the bags containing the ballot papers.
“We have pictures to that effect and we can make them available.
“It is clear that the process is being tampered with and it is not creating an even playing field for the seven candidates,” he said.
Mr Quashigah added: “They proceeded to repackage the ballot papers in brown envelopes for onward distribution to the various constituencies for tomorrow’s polls.
“It is abundantly clear that the elections tomorrow will not be free and fair.”
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The balloting for the NDC’s presidential primaries was held some weeks ago, with Mahama picking the third slot on the ballot paper.
The first slot was, however, picked by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadowli-Kaleo, Alban Bagbin.
Businessman Nurudeen Iddrisu, who is also in the running to become the NDC’s presidential candidate, picked the second slot.
Sylvester Mensah, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Goosie Tanoh and Prof. Joshua Alabi picked the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh slots respectively.
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