A research institution named Research and Grant Institute of Ghana (REGIG) has raised concerns over the declared results for the presidential election saying the EC must provide answers over anomalies they have detected.
The autonomous and non-governmental organization dedicated to the generation, dissemination, and utilization of research and data in Ghana and past, in an analysis released, said the results and details provided by the EC is questionable.
“As researchers and data researchers, we are particular about the validity and reliability of the approach used to obtain data. As we will utilize the data for research purposes, it is critical we know the data curation measure, as well as steps taken to rectify data anomalies. We call on the EC to take steps to provide answers to the problems that are begging to be addressed contained in this official statement as we cooperate to strengthen our democratic institutions with data and science.”
The EC on Thursday gave a statement admitting a blunder in the declared results.
The Electoral Commission has clarified that its Chairperson, Jean Mensa, “inadvertently utilized 13,433,573 as the total valid votes cast.”
“The total valid votes cast is 13,119,460. This doesn’t change the percentages stated for each candidate and the declaration made by the Chairperson,” the EC said in the statement gave Thursday, December 10, 2020.
The statement is coming after some top individuals from the NDC raised inquiries over the believability of the percentage given the candidates.
Reading to this, the institute said: “While the reaction from the EC is opportune, there are several waiting inquiries relating to the validity of the presidential election results that researchers, data researchers, strategy makers and political stakeholders demand answers for. This is particularly important given that the mistake was not restricted to the total number of valid votes cast yet additionally the total number of valid votes obtained by each candidate and their relating percentages.
a. What accounted for the gross computational blunder in the results declared by the EC on the ninth of December, 2020?
b. Was the outcome processed manually or an automated statistical software was utilized? In the event that statistical software was utilized, what software was utilized and what might have added to such anomalies? In the event that manual computation was utilized, how was it done and by who?
c. Did the EC audit or check the accuracy of the results before the declaration? What amount due perseverance was undertaken and by who?
d. When did the EC notice the anomaly? Was it before, during and after the declaration of the outcome? How did the anomaly go to the attention to the EC? Was it an internal check or external brief?
e. What were the reasons behind or factors that added to certain candidates recording an increase in votes whereas for others, there was a decrease in the quantity of valid votes obtained in the changed results released by the EC on tenth December 2020?
f. What is the uprightness of the alleged amended presidential results for advancing statistical talks relating to the 2020 presidential election in Ghana distributed by the EC on tenth December 2020? What cycles were adopted in reexamining the results.