Election 2016 NPP vows to police ballots on special voting day

The Afigya Kwabre South Constituency Chairman of the opposition NPP, Odeneho Kwaku Appiah who made this known said the party intends doing so if the EC still holds on to its decision to remain silent about the results of the special voting.

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has vowed to guard the ballot boxes during the special voting process which will precede the December 7 elections to help avoid what it calls rigging and confusion.

The Afigya Kwabre South Constituency Chairman of the opposition NPP, Odeneho Kwaku Appiah who made this known said the party intends doing so if the EC still holds on to its decision to remain silent about the results of the special voting.

The EC, by convention do not count the ballots cast in the special voting but allows party agents to add their seal to that of the EC polling officer and the boxes are kept at the police station.

The ballot boxes are subsequently brought out to the collation centre on Election Day, opened, counted and added to the constituency total.

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But the NPP has raised issues with the procedure and has called on the EC to count and make the results known right after voting.

"We are determined to protect ballot boxes on special voting day till the day they are counted. We will not allow ourselves to be cheated this time round. It is either the EC would count ballots at the end of special voting or we will sleep at where these boxes are kept till December 7," Odeneho Appiah made this known while speaking at Atimatim near Kumasi during the launch of "Mmaa Nsore" (Women Arise) under the women's wing of the NPP for the constituency.

"If our MMDCEs will still be heads of Security Councils within their respective areas how can we trust them for the safety of Special Voting ballot boxes in police stations?”, he asked, saying “we need representatives of all participating political parties to safeguard every single box placed in police custody."

The special voting is normally done by EC staff, security personnel, journalists and other persons whose nature of work does not allow them to vote on Election Day.

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