The Electoral Commission has rejected claims by the New Patriotic Party that it is unaware of the Commission's decision to transmit election results electronically.
According to a statement from the commission, the decision to transport election results electronically (ERTS) for the 2016 elections was not taken unilaterally by the Commission.
The EC noted in its response that the move was part of the several reform proposals made by the Electoral Reform Committee which was set up by the Commission after the 2013 Supreme Court judgment on the Presidential Election Petition.
The statement signed by the EC’s spokesperson, Eric Dzakpasu, revealed that NPP’s suspended general secretary, Kwabena Agyepong was part of the committee that decided to use the ERTS during the elections.
“… at an IPAC meeting held on June 12, 2015, the Commission adequately briefed the political parties on all the reforms as proposed and subsequently accepted by the Commission …,” the statement said.
The Commission further opined that it had taken note of Mr Mac Manu’s public comments about the agreed results transmission process, especially the legality of the said system.
“We, however, wish to point out that Mr Mac Manu was a member of the Legal Committee of IPAC and was intimately and significantly involved in the drafting of the two important regulations C.I.91 and C.I.94 (which regulate the registration of voters and the elections). Mr MacManu also appeared before the parliamentary committee for Subsidiary Legislation chaired by Hon. Osei Bonsu Amoah. The latter is also a regular representative of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at IPAC,” the EC statement added.
The statement by the EC comes after the NPP campaign manager Peter Mac Manu accused the electoral body of sidelining the political parties in the exercise.