Mahama 'dares' EC to publicise investigation details of 2016 general election hacking

Mahama 'dares' EC to publicise investigation details of 2016 general election hacking

- NDC flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama has requested the EC to publicise details of investigations conducted into 2016 general elections system failure

- He said that Ghanaians needed to know what compromised the system during the elections

Former president John Dramani Mahama has called on the Electoral Commission to publish details of the investigations conducted into the hacking of its transmission system during the 2016 general elections.

Mahama reiterated that Ghanaians deserved to know circumstances under which the EC’s system was compromised at the time.

He made the remark during a presentation at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University, organised in collaboration with the African Studies Centre and the Oxford Africa.

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“As I speak, I am not aware that the Electoral Commission has carried out any investigation into what compromised their IT system. And even if they have, we the stakeholders, the political parties, have not been briefed on what caused the corruption of the system.”

“In the interest of transparency, it is important for Ghanaians to understand what happened before we go into another election,“ the former president said.

The EC went completely silent 12 hours after the 2016 elections with no confirmed or provisional results.

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The EC chair at the time, Charlotte Osei subsequently broke her silence with an excuse that their systems had been compromised for which reason she could not continue with the electronic transmission of the results.

She did not explain what may have caused the compromise but was quick to add that they would rather rely on the manual process of results transmission.

Some civil society organisations had put pressure on the EC to investigate the alleged hack.

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