Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission has debunked reports that the ruling government has the potential of influencing the EC to rig the results of the upcoming elections.
According to her, “It is impossible for the Electoral Commission to be influenced by government because our processes are so transparent and so inclusive that it is impossible for the Electoral Commission itself to even manipulate.”
Speaking to the BBC, she said, “One election day, if you want to influence the process, you have to change your election sheet and change all the result sheets being held by all the candidates’ agents… So it is really impossible.”
“It is impossible for the Electoral Commission to be influenced by government because our processes are so transparent and so inclusive that it is impossible for the Electoral Commission itself to even manipulate. There are seven of us at the Commission, there is head office directors, regional directors. We are going to be working with about almost 146,000 staff on election day; and at the 29,000 polling stations and coalition centers, all candidates and parties have agents there, she added.
She however noted that the EC will be transparent to all parties contesting the December polls.
“Ghana is set, the elections are going to be very transparent, inclusive and very credible, and there is a lot of integrity mechanism in our system to ensure that, what [the] people of Ghana put in the ballot box, is what the Electoral Commission is going to declare as the results,” Charlotte Osei added.
She has however has given the assurance that the numerous law suits against the commission will not affect the December 7, date set for the polls.
She noted that, the EC is mindful of the time left for the elections but EC has the responsibility to defend the country’s electoral laws.