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For Christ's sake take NPP seriously - Karbo tells EC

Anthony Karbo 1 Deputy Communications Director of the NPP, Anthony Karbo

Fri, 5 Aug 2016 Source:

Deputy Director of Communications of the NPP, Anthony Karbo has asked the Electoral Commission (EC) to take concerns by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) seriously.

The NPP and other political parties on the opposition bench have expressed their grievances about the Commission's electronic transmission of the Election Results.

General Secretary of the People's National Convention (PNC) Atik Mohammed outlined some complications with the e-transmission of the results on the Thursday's edition of Kokrokoo, saying "transmitting results from 29000 polling stations, it’s not going to be an easy task. It means you’re supposed to be scanning 29000; it’s not going to be easy . . . We’re trying to perfect the system but we’ve not reached there yet. So, why do we want to create an opportunity? And to tell you the truth, I don’t trust politicians in Ghana.”

Leadership of the NPP also accused the EC of acting unilaterally and not consulting with the parties regarding the E-transmission exercise.

Touching on the issue on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo, the Deputy Director of Communications wondered why the EC has not paid heed to their concerns over the exercise.

According to him, there are critical questions that must be addressed before the E-transmission comes to fruition.

He asked the EC to specify the company that has been contracted to undertake the exercise - whether foreign or local, the technology to be used and further outline the feasibility of the transmission.

Karbo therefore called on the EC to concentrate on what the various political parties agreed upon during an IPAC meeting which is that the Commission should rather provide scanners to vet the results when it reaches the coalition centers in order to avoid any electoral irregularities.

He believed the scanning of the results from 275 constituencies is much more feasible than transmitting results from 29000 polling stations electronically.

“For Christ’s sake, people should take the NPP [party] as serious party; a party that has been in government before. We have ruled this country before…People must not just be quick to rubbish the statements of the opposition parties; that we are making noise. Who will say it if we don’t say it?”

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