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Politics Tue, 29 Mar 2016

Kofi Adams chides NPP over STL claims

National Organiser of the governing National Democratic Congress is accusing the opposition New Patriotic Party of clutching to straw over the role played by Superlock Technologies Limited (STL) in the 2012 general elections.

Kofi Adams says the Israeli company was never contracted to file results to the strong room of the Electoral Commission and any attempt by the NPP to make such claims will be nothing more than falsehood.

The role played by STL in 2012 has become a subject matter for a debate in 2016 because of a statement issued by Interior Minister, Prosper Bani.

The Minister in an attempt to clear the air on the issues relating to the arrest of three South Africans and Captain Edmund Koda, head of private security of the New Patriotic Party flagbearer revived what was an old unsettled debate.

He said in his statement that one of the arrested South Africans had "a comprehensive report on the operations of Superlock Technologies Limited (STL)"

In defining the role played by STL in the 2012 elections, Prosper Bani said:

"STL is the company contracted by the Electoral Commission to transmit tallied election results."

That comment has sent the NPP probing for answers from the Electoral Commission as well as government.

Director of Communications of the NPP Nana Akomea said the Electoral Commission as well as government in 2012 denied ever contracting STL to transmit tallied election results.

He cited the near violence that erupted at Dzorwulu in 2012 triggered by allegations by some NPP youths that officials of STL were illegally transmitting election results.

He found it surprising that four years on, government through the Interior Ministry will issue a statement admitting that STL transmitted tallied results.

Nana Akomea told Joy News Editor Dzifa Bampoh the Electoral Commission and

government have some explanation to do.

Attempts by Joy News to seek further explanation from the Electoral Commission have proven futile.

But the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC insists the NPP is creating something out of nothing.

Kofi Adams told Joy News every political party in Ghana knows how election results are filed and transmitted and STL plays no role in that.

"It is not in doubt the role [played] by STL in the 2012 elections. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the work they did," he stated, adding STL was only contracted to manage the biometric data base.

"We know how results are filed during elections in this country," he said.

When he was confronted with the comment by the Interior Minister which contradicted what he said, Kofi Adams said he was not the Interior Minister and could not speak for him.

"I know how election results are transmitted in Ghana, ask the Interior Minister," he said when his attention was drawn to the comment made by the Interior Minister.

Source: Myjoyonline.com