Reports picked up by Whatsup News indicates that some ballot papers printed by the Electoral Commission (EC) have been detected to have duplicate serial numbers, setting off suspicions.
These duplicate serial numbers were detected during the sorting of electoral materials by political party representatives and EC officials in the Eastern Region on Sunday, November 22, 2020.
“For the ballot papers in the presidential booklets, we noticed that the one which is in ten – instead of 142 pieces of the booklets we had 141 booklets which mean there is a shortage by one. On the other hand, 50 of the booklets had duplicate serial numbers on the ballot papers. With the Parliamentary, there was a shortage of one booklet with two duplicate booklets with same serial numbers on ballot papers,” explained Prince Etormam the Akuapem South Constituency Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in an interview with Accra-based Starr FM.
The EC has not issued any official statement on this development, as its posture increasingly reinforces suspicions and speculations that the election management body was in bed with the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Earlier last week, some irate representatives of political parties in the northern part of the country refused to leave ballot papers brought to their community unless they had added their own unique locks to the packages containing election materials.
In another report from some printing presses contracted to print election materials, members of political parties are reportedly attempting to infiltrate the process.
For instance, one Col. Opoku from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) stormed some press houses printing ballot papers, claiming he was conducting a “national security audit” on them.
He was reportedly challenged by agents of the NDC stationed at the press house, resulting in a mini altercation that saw the supposed colonel pulling out a gun and later speeding off in his unmarked vehicle.