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Election 2016: Electronic system crashed, there was no budget for manual collation but we collated-NDC Featured

Written by  Oct 11, 2018
The election directorate of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has revealed at a press conference today (Tuesday) that, the party did not have in existence an electronic system of collating results. The party the directorate explained relied on manual form of collation as done in the past. However, an electronic system used by private individuals (referring to the presidency) failed the party and could not be relied on in 2016. Acting director of elections, Bede A. Ziedeng, addressing the press indicated that, the infrastructure of the collation of results directly from the polling station in nation elections does not exist in the NDC, and so could not have been deployed in the collation of results of the 2016 elections. ‘’What happened, however was that during the 2016 elections, there was an attempt to establish a new infrastructure for the collation of results from the polling stations. But this was completely outside the directorate and the elections directorate was not involved in its management. Unfortunately, it was this infrastructure which crashed soon after it was deployed and therefore failed to provide any results for the party.’’ This he added was alluded to in the Kwesi Botchway report. The party had to fall back on the election directorate to collate the results manually. He was however quick to add that, ‘’if the system put in place outside the national election directorate of the NDC had survived, it would also have been the first time in history of election collation that, such a system would have been used.’’ The ruling NPP he said used the same system and in their case, it worked for them. He further clarified that, the election directorate had started the collation of results at the party headquarters right from December 7th, 2016 through to December 9th, 2016 when former President conceded defeat. At the time Mr Mahama conceded, the NDC had collated results from 235 constituencies, he disclosed. He shockingly disclosed to the press the prepared budget for the directorate was not approved. ’’We hope the question will not be asked, why did not have the electronic transmission system that would have enabled us collate directly from the polling stations to the national database. We prepared a budget for the directorate but we did not receive the necessary funding. We therefore were left with no other alternative but to work with the tools we had at our disposal.’’ He used the opportunity to slam individuals who have attacked Mr Ofosu Ampofo, the Director Elections for failing to collate results for the party. He described the allegations as palpable falsehood and untruthful statements. ‘’The attention of the elections directorate of the NDC has been drawn to some untruthful statements in some untruthful statements in some sections of the media to the effect that the elections directorate of the NDC headed by Mr Ofosu Ampofo, failed to collate the results of 2016 presidential elections. This view is palpably incorrect, and the directorate states categorically that the results were duly collated and compiled by members of the directorate and are available for verification at the party headquarters for those who care to know.’’
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