The Electoral Commission (EC) has admitted that its official and the agents of the two main political parties made a mistake in signing the pink sheet before the end of voting in the Kumawu by-election.
The Director of Electoral Services at the EC, Dr Serebuor Quaicoe, said that the electoral officer at the Oyoko Methodist Primary School polling station No F360203 in the Sekyere Kumawu Constituency should have waited for them to complete a portion of the sheet before moving on to another issue.
He also said that the agents of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who signed the sheet did not act wisely because they accepted the results without counting the ballot papers.
He made these remarks in an interview with TV3’s William Evans Nkum who is covering the by-election in Kumawu.
“Our officer didn’t do well and the agents of both NPP and NDC also didn’t do well. It should be on record that it wasn’t one particular party agent that signed, both of them signed. We have replaced that sheet with another sheet,” he said.
The by-election in Kumawu is being held today, May 23, 2023, to elect a new MP after Mr. Philip Basoah of the NPP died in March this year. He was buried on Saturday.
Four candidates are contesting for the seat. They are Ernest Yaw Anim of the NPP, Akwasi Amankwaa of the NDC, and two independent candidates with the same name, Kwaku Duah.
Over 33,000 registered voters are expected to participate in the by-election in 75 polling stations across the constituency. There is tight security at all the centres where only representatives of the NPP and NDC are seen monitoring the exercise.
The by-election has also drawn top politicians from both parties to campaign for their candidates. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia have urged voters to vote massively for Ernest Yaw Anim to continue Basoah’s legacy.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has also made a strong case for Akwasi Amankwaa, saying he will bring development and jobs to Kumawu. He also accused the NPP of neglecting Kumawu and only fixing its roads ahead of the by-election.
The Kumawu constituency has been a stronghold of the NPP since 1996, except in 2008 when it was won by an independent candidate.