The European Union observers in Ghana’s election have said while voting process was transparent, collation was ‘less transparent’.
“Collation of results at the electorate level was seen in 35 voting public collation habitats with a significant number of them being visited consistently. Collation process was less efficient and less transparent frequently because of an absence of point by point strategies, inadequate offices and overcrowding which now and again prompted specialists and observers not having an away from of the techniques and the filling in of result structures.
Instances of agitation and strain were seen in Asawase, Sunyani West and Techiman South bodies electorate. The outcomes were examined within the sight of gathering specialists and observers and key straightforwardness measures were clung to,” the Union said in their report.
According to the EU observers, Presiding officials of the Electoral Commission had difficulties completing the outcomes structure.
“Counting, seen in 30 polling stations, was directed in a to a great extent transparent way and consistently in a presence of gathering specialists. The general direct of the counting process was surveyed emphatically in 27 cases.
“Nonetheless, the EU EOM observers revealed that strategies, for example, counting of unused voting forms, counting of ticks in the elector register and names reference list, counting of polling forms in the voting station, cross-checking the quantity of voting forms in the voting booth against the quantity of ticks in the citizen register, and recording the quantity of citizens confirmed by the BVD and physically, were much of the time not followed.
“Furthermore, presiding officials seemed to have challenges completing the outcome structures. The polling station result structures were not openly shown in 17 polling stations despite the fact that party specialists got marked duplicate of the outcome structure in all cases”.
The report additionally said: “Voting was directed in a by and large quiet climate and voting methods were generally followed, including the biometric check of citizens.
“The EU EOM observers detailed a few abnormalities, for example, citizens not continually marking their voting form in mystery, mainly because of helpless design of polling stations (in 17 percent of polling stations noticed), biometric confirmation gadgets (BVD) not generally ready to effectively check the electors (9 percent), presence of unapproved people inside the polling stations (8 percent) and interference with crafted by the polling station staff (4 percent). Gathering specialists from both NPP and NDC were available in everything except one polling station visited. The general lead of voting was surveyed emphatically in 95 percent of the 329 polling stations noticed. The EC sent COVID-19 ministers to all polling stations to uphold wellbeing conventions.”