The Electoral Commission (EC) is urging the Ghana Police Service to investigate claims by former president John Mahama that there was overvoting in the 2020 general elections.
Addressing the press in Accra on Monday, Deputy Chairman of the EC in charge of Corporate Affairs, Dr Eric Bossman Asare, disputed the claim and appealed to the police to immediately investigate it.
“The former president has said that the EC thumb printed one million ballot papers in favour of the President of the Republic [Nana Akufo-Addo]. This is untrue… This is not a matter that should be ignored, and we call on the Ghana Police Service to investigate it,” he stated.
Dr Bossman said the alleged comment of John Mahama undermines the credibility of elections in the country, hence the need for the claim to be looked into.
He further challenged John Mahama to provide evidence to back his claim.
“This is a great matter that undermines the credibility of the electoral process and should not be ignored. We call on him to provide evidence to support this claim,” he added.
According to Dr Bossman, it is impossible that such a thing would occur during the recently held elections as the process is very transparent to the extent that all stakeholders are aware of everything that happens every step of the way.
He explained that empty ballot boxes were displayed for all to see, and the ballot papers were equipped with security features that do not allow for foreign papers to be sneaked into the box.
He added that there was no record of voting, across the country, except in one constituency where one extra ballot was detected.
The transparency of our process makes it impossible for this to happen. The ballots cast are cross-checked against the list of several voters who were verified and issued with ballot papers. Nationwide, we had no issue of overvoting at all the 38,620 polling stations except in Savelugu in the parliamentary election where there was one over voting,” Dr Bossman stated.
“The police should investigate this as a matter of urgency due to its potential to derail and undermine our democracy and lead to a lack of confidence in our system and processes,” Dr Bossman added.