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Electoral Commission assures public it will deliver credible result

The Electoral Commission has assured the public that it is working to ensure a credible free and fair elections. Certified results from the constituencies are yet to be announced by the Commission although media houses have given provisional results for close to 40 percent of expected total votes, indicating a close race between the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The delay in releasing official results according to the Commission is due to the refusal of political party representatives to certify received results.  The Commission is however hopeful that the outcome of the elections will be known within the 72-hour period earlier indicated.

The Head of Communications at the Commission, Eric Dzakpasu told the media that they are following the right procedure to ensure that the outcome of the polls is credible and represents the will of the voters.

The delay is however generating some anxieties with the two main parties holding press conferences, each claiming to have won the elections. Scores of NPP supporters have gathered at the party’s headquarters calling on the Electoral Commission to declare the results without delay.

Meanwhile voting is underway in the Jaman constituency of the Brong Ahafo Region where elections were postponed to today, following disagreement over the accuracy of the voters’ register used for that area.  There are about 40,000 voters on the roll, significant enough to overturn the outcome of the elections, judging from the about 30,000 votes that separated the winner of the 2008 elections.

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