Member of the council of state and former deputy chairman of the electoral commission (EC), David Adeenze-Kangah, says the act of drunkenness is to blame for the increase in rejected ballots during elections.
In a speech at the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking at Bolgatanga in the Upper East region, David Adeenze-Kangah argued that the role of alcohol abuse among voters during election seasons had damaging effects on the political scene.
“In Ghana, many people have been complaining that there are many spoilt ballots. And we are not taking the time to analyse why the ballots, several of them, are spoilt. One of the causes is drunkenness. Somebody is drunk. They give him the ballot paper. When he sees this one, he thinks that is the person (his preferred candidate). He would mark. Then, suddenly, he would see that it is not this one; it’s the next one. Then, he would mark that one, too. As soon as he marks the two, then, the ballot is spoilt. And that can come about because of alcohol,” he argues.
The general elections held in 2008 and 2012 saw 866, 817 votes were rejected - a figure which represents 1.76% of the total votes cast at the two general elections respectively.