The Electoral Commission (EC) has rebuked its officer who allowed agents of political parties to sign the pink sheet before the end of voting in the Kumawu by-election. The pink sheet is a document that records the results of a polling station.
The EC’s Director of Electoral Services, Dr Serebuor Quaicoe, told TV3 that the officer did not supervise the agents properly and that they should not have signed the pink sheet before the ballots were counted. He said that signing the pink sheet means accepting the results, which was premature.
Dr Quaicoe also said that both agents of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) signed the pink sheet, and that they were not forced to do so by the officer. He said that they might have signed by mistake, thinking that they were only writing their names.
He added that the EC has replaced the pink sheet with a new one at the Oyoko Methodist Primary School polling station No F360203 in the Sekyere Kumawu Constituency.
The Kumawu by-election is being held today to elect a new MP after the death of Mr Philip Basoah of the NPP in March this year. Four candidates are contesting the seat, including Ernest Yaw Anim of the NPP, Akwasi Amankwaa of the NDC, and two independent candidates named Kwaku Duah.
The by-election has attracted attention from both parties, with President Nana Akufo-Addo and former President John Mahama campaigning for their candidates. The Kumawu Constituency has seen some improvement in its road network in recent weeks.