Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to, as a matter of urgency, explain to Ghanaians its contract with Superlock Technologies Limited (STL).
It will be recalled that the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 elections accused the EC and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of using STL to massage the election results in favour of the NDC.
The PPP’s call for further explanation on the EC contract with STL comes in the wake of the deportation of the three South African ex-police officers who were brought into the country at the instance of the NPP.
Describing the whole development as a case of “lies, malice and deceit,” the PPP in a statement signed by its National Secretary, Murtala Mohammed, and copied to Today yesterday in Accra, expressed that it “is unfortunate that a country whose democratic credentials is hailed by the world as the leader of African democracy will flout Court orders with impunity and Ministers of State will openly defend such illegality.”
According to the statement, the incident would be captured in history as one of “Ghana’s lowers ebb” and will thus remain one of the “black spots on President John Dramani Mahama” aside from his incompetence.
What agitates PPP, the statement noted, was statement by the Interior Minister, Mr. Prosper Bani, to the effect that the STL which documents were allegedly found on the three South African ex-police officers, was contracted by the Electoral Commission (EC) to transmit the 2012 elections results.
Against this background, the PPP charged the EC to come out publicly to set the records straight that it indeed engaged the services of the STL to transmit results on its behalf.
According to the statement, the EC had once publicly denied the fact that the STL was contracted to tally the results of 2012 elections.
And because of this, the PPP’s national secretary said, the continuous silence on the part of the EC on this revelation would mean that the EC, led by its former boss, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, and the then candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, in collaboration with the STL, “perpetrated electoral fraud in 2012.”
“This clarification by the EC will have direct effect on our elections come November 7, when we go to the polls once again,” the statement asserted.
Consequently, the PPP demanded an immediate clarification on the matter so as to salvage the credibility or otherwise of the sanctity of the 2016 General Elections.
“We further call for the immediate resignation of the minister of interior and the Minister of Communications and his deputy for the spread of palpable falsehood laced with agitprop with the intention to deceive the people of Ghana.
…Moreover, the BNI officials must be sacked or made to face the full rigours of the law. Our ministers and other government officials must learn to act responsibly and be responsible for their actions. No man is above the law, especially when you are paid with the public purse,” the statement said.
According to the PPP, “no government in its own right senses will deport suspected “terrorists” or “mercenaries” without going through due process”?
“The character of the NDC in 2000, the character of NPP in 2008 is evidently manifested in the character of NDC in 2016; intimidation and harassment, lies and malice, deceit and subterfuge, dictatorial tendencies and abuse of incumbency,” the PPP pointed out.
The statement also noted that this strategy by the NDC had been used in the past to cajole Ghanaians to vote in a certain way “but the perpetrators are oblivious to the fact that it has not been an effective tool for electoral victory.”
“The economy is sick, unemployment is on the increase and there is hopelessness in this government. These will be the basis of people’s choices and votes and not an artificial state of insecurity. The NDC must know better and fix the economy before they are booted out on November, 7th, 2016,” the statement concluded.
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