EC blows GHC11million on telecom companies over 2016 ‘failed’ e-transmission

EC blows GHC11million on telecom companies over 2016 ‘failed’ e-transmission

- The amount was paid to Vodafone, Airtel, MTN and Tigo to transmit electronic results

- The EC abandoned the E-transmission System after it was hacked

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Some fresh information emerging indicates that Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) blew a whooping sum of GH¢11,952,894.50 on Electronic Transmission System alone under Charlotte Osei and her two deputies.

EC blows GHC11million on telecom companies over 2016 ‘failed’ e-transmission

Mrs. Charlotte Osei, EC boss

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According to a report put up by Daily Guide newspaper, the Electoral Commission paid the amount to three telecom companies to transfer the 2016 election results electronically on behalf of the EC but the system failed.

The report says that, an EC Audit Observation Memorandum has proved that four major mobile telephony service providers pocketed a total of GH¢6,591,402.53 for just faxing the results from the 10 regional offices under their virtual private network platform.

Under the deal, four networks company namely, Airtel, Vodafon, MTN and Tigo took away GH¢2,534,877.54, GH¢1,104,245.61, GH¢202,282.64 and GH¢2,749,996.74 respectively for faxing the results.

The EC had reportedly wanted to carry out electronic transmission of the results from all the 29,000 polling stations akin to the process in Kenya at an estimated cost of between $32 million and $35 million, despite vehement protests by the then opposition parties.

But the EC only abandoned the project when it realized that its electronic transmission system had allegedly been compromised and had to resort to the traditional transmission.

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The report further revealed that apart from the telecom companies, some other private firms such as Perfect Business Systems, which is currently under investigations over its alleged role in the troubled Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), benefited from the ERMS project also benefited.

Perfect Business Systems also had three contracts to supply laptops, computers and monitors and laptop bags at a total cost of GH¢ 4,107,717.95, which are broken down to GH¢1,094,500.00, GH¢2,704,500.00 and GH¢308,717.95 respectively.

Other companies that were given ERMS contracts were Brown Kasaro, which had a total of GH¢242,646.45 for customization of ERMS while Dunia Ramazani received GH¢82,797.13 and GH¢70,465.34 respectively for consultancy fees for ERMS.

IT Markets Limited on it part received four different payments of GH¢88,390.10, GH¢234,305.00, GH¢188,670.00 and GH¢346,500.00 for the supply of ERMS software, Network Switches and Cables for ERMS, hardware for ERMS and HDMI Video Switches.

The EC Chairperson, Charlotte Osei and her two deputies – Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku-Amankwa are currently facing impeachment proceedings over alleged corruption and abuse of office, following petitions and a counter petition presented to President Akufo-Addo against them.

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