3 'fake' election observers remanded in police custody

3 'fake' election observers remanded in police custody

A Kumasi Circuit court has ordered the remand of three persons who were caught with 128 fake election observer accreditation cards on the election day.

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The three, Stephen Shandu, Richard Gyan and Awuah Amoah Gyasi have been charged with conspiracy, forgery and possession of official documents.

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3 'fake' election observers remanded

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The accused all pleaded not guilty and are set to reappear in court on December 22. One other accomplice whose name was only given as Sly is said to be on the run however.

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According to the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Asumadu Okyere-Darko, Stephen Shandu is the Constituency secretary for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), while the other two accused are printers.

While the electoral process was ongoing on December 7, the police received a tip that the accused persons were printing fake election observer accreditation cards in Adum, and immediately moved to arrest them.

According to the prosecution, about 128 printed accreditation cards were retrieved, which the Electoral Commission later confirmed to be fake.

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Stephen Shandu later claimed that he was directed to print the card by his missing colleague Sly.

Their plea for bail was refused.

3 'fake' election observers remanded

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