Bawumia EC Bribe EC faults its officers; insist Bawumia should have done the right thing

The report by the EC committee opined that only the Commission has the mandate to designate specific areas as Exhibition Centres.

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The Electoral Commission has revealed that the two officials who were accused of verifying the electoral details of NPP’s running mate in his home were guilty as accused.

This was contained in a press statement released by the Commission after a three-member committee was set up to investigate allegations levelled against Dr Mahamadu Bawumia.

Dr Bawumia has been accused by the governing NDC of enticing two workers of the EC with a total sum of GHC10,000 to verify his voter registration status in the comfort of his home.

This led to the dismissal of the two officials by the E

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The statement confirmed that Dr Bawumia was verified in his home. “Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was facilitated by both officers to check his name in the voters’ register and got verified outside the exhibition centre. The Committee was of the considered opinion that the conduct of the Officers was a violation of the guidelines issued for the exercise and contrary to the Commission’s policies.”

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“The Committee concluded that allowing a registered voter to go through the exhibition process outside the designated centre was an irregularity and a breach of the rules.”

The EC finally advised leaders of political parties “to familiarise themselves with the electoral laws and regulations to enable them to insist on the right things being done at all times.”

Find below the full statement

VERIFICATION OF DR. M. BAWUMIA OUTSIDE DESIGNATED EXHIBITION CENTRE

The Electoral Commission’s attention was drawn to an incident of involving the verification of a voter outside the designated Exhibition Centre number H230401 at the Kperiga Presby JHS ‘A’ in Walewale in the West Mamprusi District on 24th July 2016.

A 3-member committee was set up by the Nothern Regional Directorate of the Commission to investigate the incident and provide appropriate recommendations.

The Committee has completed its work and found as follows:

1.    That on the said date, Mr Ambrose Yobe (Exhibition Officer) and Ms Mumuni Latifa (Verification Officer) closed and vacated their exhibition centre before the stipulated closing time of 6pm.

2.    That Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was facilitated by both officers to check his name in the voters’ register and got verified outside the exhibition centre. The Committee was of the considered opinion that the conduct of the Officers was a violation of the guidelines issued for the exercise and contrary to the Commission’s policies.

According to the rules and the guidelines:

1. Only the Commission has the mandate to designate specific areas as Exhibition Centres. Electoral Commission P. O. Box M.214 Accra.

2. Exhibition Officials have no authority to set-up or relocate Exhibition Centres to a place different from the one designated by the Commission without the prior express authorization of the EC.

3. Exhibition Officials are not permitted under any circumstances to vacate their duty posts or close their centres before the specified closing hours without prior authorization from the Commission.

The Committee concluded that allowing a registered voter to go through the exhibition process outside the designated centre was an irregularity and a breach of the rules. Accordingly, the two Officers were replaced by the Ag. District Electoral Officer as soon as the issue was brought to the attention of the Commission.

The Commission wishes to advise political leaders to familiarise themselves with the electoral laws and regulations to enable them to insist on the right things being done at all times.

The Commission would like to further encourage members of the public to continue to support the electoral process by promptly bringing any irregularities to its attention for speedy resolution. Thank you.

Signed:

AMADU SULLEY

Deputy Chairperson (Operations)

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