Two electoral commission officials, Jobe Ambrose and Mumuni Latifa in the Walewale district have been fired by the EC for breaking the country’s electoral laws after they allegedly sent a copy of the provisional voter’s register and verification materials to the residence of the opposition New Patriotic Party’s vice presidential nominee, Mahamudu Bawumia.
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The two polling station officers in the Walewale district are being accused by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) of accepting GHc10,000 bribe from Bawumia for bringing the register to his residence.
Benjamin Bamubio, the district election director confirmed the dismissal in an interview on Accra based Joy FM where he made the claim that the actions of the officers were against the electoral laws of the land.
He said the two officials claimed they left their post because of rain on Tuesday and went to the house of the NPP vice-presidential candidate’s residence which was just a stone thrown away from the poling station to have him verified.
Bamubio said: “This is something that is against the regulations of the Electoral Commission, so when the information got to me I instructed the supervisors and they immediately dropped the two and replaced them with new officers."
He said although the Commission had observed no changes in the register, the incident will still be reported to the police for further prosecution.
Meanwhile, Imoro Abdul Razak, the constituency communications officer of the NDC has alleged that their investigations into the matter revealed that Bawumia paid the officers GHc 10,000 to bring the register to his residence.
He claimed: "Our investigations have showed that a senior officer at the district office instructed the said officials who are manning the polling station to send the provisional voters register to Dr Bawumia's house.
"The regional minister came into the constituency and went to the polling station and got himself verified, so Dr Bawumia as a citizen who is well versed should have told the officer to go back to the station but he did not do that. We have been told that money changed hands. We don't have any written documents but we were told that money exchanged hands, an amount of GHc10,000".
Anthony Karbo, the deputy communications director of the NPP has denied the claims and explained that the officers of the EC volunteered to come to Bawumia's residence because of the long queues at the verification centre given the closeness of his residence to the verification centre, even when the NPP big shot asked them to go back.