Reports reaching Citi News indicate that some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency have pitched camp and are protesting the installation of an office establishment in the area by the Electoral Commission which, according to them, could be the location where possible rigging of the election could be taking place.
Citi News’ Richard Mensah reported that the EC explained that the installation was to enable the EC transmit the results to the offices of the Electoral Commission.
According to him, when the persons manning the installation were confronted by the youth in the area, they stated that they are providing connectivity for the Electoral Commission as well as other banks.
Richard Mensah reported that the head of the ECOWAS Mission deployed to observe the 2012 elections, Olushegun Obasanjo has called on the various political parties who are raising doubts “to rather concentrate on checking the polling station results and the results that are coming in compared with what is going to the Electoral Commission.”
He said: “the allegation is that whatever comes out of the constituency pass through here and it is transmitted back to the Electoral Commission therefore there is that possibility of manipulating. But Obasanjo is challenging them to go to the Electoral Commission.”
Several high profile members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are reported to have moved to the area to express their dissatisfaction with the arrangement.
A member of the NPP Communications team, Sammi Awuku in an interview with Citi News stated that “the explanation being given by the observers is the most embolic of all the explanations. If it was just a connectivity center, why will it take the observer’s 30 minutes at the gate?”
He alleged saying, “President Mahama knows he is losing in the polls. In fact from all the results coming in, the NPP is ahead.
We detected last night that they were building a Police presence in this vicinity so we decided to come and check it… we want to know what they are doing inside that building because it is completely illegal.”
“President Obasanjo says they told him that the EC is aware and it’s a transition center. How come the EC can have a transition center and a major political party like the NPP, we are not aware? A major stakeholder? Everything counts in this election” he noted.