The Electoral Commission is calling on the citizen to disregard the falsehood issued by the NDC which says the EC had printed more ballot papers for the 2020 election.
The NDC alleges that the commission has secretly increased the numbers of the ballot paper being printed by the Assembly Press Limited. In a press release issued by the EC on 3rd November, it was stated that it is a standard practice for the commission to print ballot papers in excess of five percent to cater for instance such as spoilt ballot. It has been done since 1992 and they have not changed the policy.
They further stated that the ballot papers for both the presidential and parliamentary elections are printed in booklets of 10, 25, 50, and 100 for all polling stations. The release stated that this has always been the practice and the NCD is well Aware of this. All political parties have accredited agents in all the printing houses who monitor and keep a 24hour watch on the printing process. Everything is been done in the full glare of the agent of political parties.
NDC ACCUSE THE EC OF NOT PROVIDING POLITICAL PARTIES WITH SERIAL NUMBERS.
The NDC has accused the EC of not providing political parties with serial numbers of the ballot papers.
In a press release issued by the EC, the commissioner stated that, it has never provided the political parties with serial numbers of ballot papers and that they can not generate the serial numbers of all 17 million-plus ballot papers.
The serial numbers are said to be generated by the printing house and then, provided to the commission and sent to political parties. Ballot papers are bagged based on their serial numbers, which are then sealed by both the EC and political parties.
NDC ACCUSES EC OF USING ASSEMBLY PRESS TO PRINT 2020 BALLOT PAPERS.
The NDC has accused the EC of using Assembly press to print the 2020 election ballot papers. The EC in a press release however says that the printing houses were appointed to print the Election 2020 ballot papers. It further stated it is well known that assembly press is state institution which at any point in time is headed by appointees of an incumbent government.
Also, the assembly press was headed by appointees of the NDC that printed 1992, 1996, 2000, 2012, and 2016 ballot papers. The EC said that they, therefore, find it difficult to understand the NDC and why they would seek to cause fear and apprehension around a transparent and open process such as this.
They are thereby, calling on citizens to disregard the attempts by the NDC to cause fear and panic and heighten tension in the lead up to the December 2020 election.