12 Dec EU observers say Ghana election 2020 collation “process was less transparent”
The European Union (EU) observers have described the election 2020 collation process as less transparent.
According to the group, although the voting process was peaceful and transparent on average, the collation process was the direct opposite.
The observers said: “Collation of results at the constituency level was observed in 35 constituency collation centres with many of them being visited repeatedly. Collation process was less well organised and less transparent often due to a lack of detailed procedures, inadequate facilities and overcrowding which at times led to agents and observers not having a clear view of the procedures and the filling in of result forms.”
They also observed some “instances of unrest and tension were observed at Asawase, Sunyani West and Techiman South constituencies.”
In its report on the election whose results the National Democratic Congress and its leader, Former President Mahama have discredited, the EU observers said Presiding Officers of the Electoral Commission had challenges completing the results form.
“Counting, observed in 30 polling stations, was conducted in a largely transparent manner and always in the presence of party agents. The overall conduct of the counting process was assessed positively in 27 cases.
“However, the EU EOM observers reported that procedures, such as counting of unused ballots, counting of ticks in the voter register and names reference list, counting of ballots in the ballot box, cross-checking the number of ballots in the ballot box against the number of ticks in the voter register, and recording the number of voters verified by the BVD and manually, were frequently not followed.
“Furthermore, presiding officers appeared to have difficulties completing the result forms. The polling station result forms were not publicly displayed in 17 polling stations although party agents received signed copy of the result form in all cases.”
“Voting was conducted in a generally peaceful atmosphere and voting procedures were mostly followed, including the biometric verification of voters.
“The EU EOM observers reported several irregularities, such as voters not always marking their ballot in secrecy, mainly due to poor layout of polling stations (in 17 per cent of polling stations observed), biometric verification devices (BVD) not always able to successfully verify the voters (9 percent), presence of unauthorised persons inside the polling stations (8 percent) and interference with the work of the polling station staff (4 percent).
“Party agents from both NPP and NDC were present in all but one polling station visited. The overall conduct of voting was assessed positively in 95 percent of the 329 polling stations observed. The EC deployed COVID-19 ambassadors to all polling stations to enforce health protocols,” the report sighted by Adomonline.com said.