EC’s effectiveness is revealed by Assin North and Kumawu — Jean Mensa

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The recent by-elections in the Kumawu and Assin North seats, according to Electoral Commission (EC) Chairman Jean Adukwei Mensa, should serve as a reminder to political parties not to tamper with the election management body when the odds are not in their favor.

She claimed that the two by-elections amply demonstrated the processes the commission set up for the 2020 elections’ inherent transparency, sturdiness, and integrity.

Mrs. Mensa, who made the recommendation in an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra, stated that even if people did not have the chance to examine the systems before general elections, it was preferable that they concentrated on polling places and respected the work of the EC.

“Everything was done at the polling place, just like the general election.

Therefore, the claims that someone manipulates data at the EC’s headquarters in Accra to favor one party over the others must be disproved.

“The credibility and transparency of the elections are in the full glare for all to see, including party agents,” she continued.

The Kumawu and Assin North polls, according to Mrs. Mensa, were distinguished by orderly conduct, early starts in all polling sites, and the manning of polls by knowledgeable and well-trained professional employees by 7 a.m.

The effectiveness of the Biometric Verification Devices (BVD) ensured quick voter verification, which reduced long lines, and the EC employed this technology to ensure that every voter was confirmed, she continued. Assin North

Her statement that “all in all, the process was credible, fair, and transparent” was supported by the fact that by 1 p.m. on election day, the majority of polling places had registered a 60% turnout and that the collation procedures were open, timely, and transparent.

“Everything was done in full view of the public, including observers, starting with the setup of the polling stations, the placement of polling materials, voting, arrangement and counting of ballots, as well as the declaration at the polling station. Assin North

“We urge the stakeholders to accept the outcomes when they are not favorable and to refrain from undermining the elections management body because the procedures are credible and transparent.

So, she emphasized, “If you win, you do that fairly; if you lose, you do that fairly.

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