The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is beginning to backtrack on its initial claim that there was no collation in the Techiman South Constituency during the 2020 elections.
Contrary to the party’s claims that there was no collation of the 2020 parliamentary results, and thus no documents to that effect, the Electoral Commission (EC) proved otherwise on Monday, April 19, 2021.
Following the 2020 elections, the NDC dared the EC to produce the collation sheets, claiming that the polls were rigged in favor of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), and proceeded to the Wenchi High Court to challenge the outcome.
Abdul Hameed Zakaria alias Bin Laden, the Election Director of the Constituency who was accused by his own Communications Officer, Issah Mahmud for forging documents was busily spreading falsehood on social media that the EC had failed to show up in court on Monday with the originals at the very time that the EC was in the courtroom, complying with the court order by providing the original Collation sheets on the 2020 parliamentary elections held in the Techiman South constituency to the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) parliamentary candidate, Christopher Beyere Baasongti for inspection.
The court at the last sitting had ruled that the original documents should be presented to Beyere for inspection but according to him, the EC provided photocopies instead.
The court therefore awarded a cost of GHS2, 000 in favour of the petitioner, Christopher Beyere, due to the Electoral Commission’s failure to properly produce the documents as directed by the court
But on Monday April 19, 2021 when the case was called again, details of the original documents were presented to the petitioners in compliance with the court orders
The latest move brings to question the veracity of claims made by the NDC that there was no collation despite a plethora of evidence which suggests otherwise and for which reason they are in court.
Political pundits are already wondering the grounds for the NDC challenge in court that there was no collation, with the evidence of the collation sheets, copies of which they have received.