Ghana’s electoral commission warns against fake results, says voting still ongoing.

The Electoral Commission of Ghana (ECG) has called on voters to disregard a result being shared on social media showing that the opposition New Patriotic Party has scored over 54 per cent of votes cast from 80 per cent of the country’s polling stations.In a statement posted on its Twitter handle, the ECG described the result as fake.

The commission also stated that voting has been extended in Afram Plains South constituency and is still on-going in Jaman North constituency on Thursday.

“Update: NO official results have been declared by the EC. No final constituency results are in. There is no declared winner yet. The EC undertook a hugely successful election yesterday. Let us trust the process for the results. We will keep you updated minute by minute.

“No final results can be declared until Jaman North has had the privilege of voting today. We call upon the people of Ghana to respect the process and keep faith with the EC. Results will be out as soon as they are available.

The website of the electoral commission also crashed for some hours early on Thursday before it was restored. The commission said the website was hacked. It said that the attempted hack was an attack on its integrity and independence.

“We deplore the attempt to hack the EC’s website. Please respect the integrity and independence of the EC.”

The commission had early announced that it may take up to 72 hours before it would release the result of the poll.

Meanwhile, supporters of both leading political parties, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition party New Patriotic Party (NPP), are claiming early leads from results collated from unofficial sources.

A statement by the campaign organisation of incumbent President John Mahama, praised the conduct of the election as “very smooth and orderly”. It also commended the large turnout during the election.

The statement, signed by its spokesperson Joyce Mogtari implored supporters of the president to remain calm while they await the announcement of the result. It however stated that details from its Parallel Vote Tabulation put Mr. Mahama “in a comfortable lead.”

#EdoDecides: Sensitive Voting Materials Missing In Okpella Ward 6

Reports have it that sensitive voting materials are missing in ward 6 of Okpella community in Etsako East local government of Edo State.

The INEC officer in charge of the ward is said to be in dilemma as the electorates has insisted on explanation for the disappearance of the voting material.

Details of the confusion is still under investigation.


We Regret Voting Buhari- Chibok Community

People from Chibok community resident in Abuja and members of the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG), movement on Monday said they regretted voting for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 presidential election.

They expressed their regrets on in Abuja at a protest rally over the inability of the government to take measures to rescue the over 200 school girls kidnapped by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, in their school in Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.

Boko Haram had last week released a video of the girls who are still alive and said they were willing to trade the girls in exchange for their members in detention in various prisons.

One of the girls, Maida Yakubu, who also spoke in the video asked their parents to beg the Nigerian government to accede to the demand of Boko Haram so that they would be released.

Speaking during the protest on Monday, the chairman of the Chibok Community, Hosea Tsambido said members of the Community and BBOG voted massively for Mr. Buhari as against his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, who they voted for in 2011.

“They tell us that our girls seen in the latest video was merely an arrangement,” Mr. Tsambido said. “No one has spoken to the family of any of the Chibok girls since the last video was released, by the terrorists. We regret our votes. We regret it.”

Speaking further, the community leader said, “We were promised that the president would visit Sambisa, after becoming president. We were also told that within two weeks our girls would be rescued.

“But over one year now, there is no tangible statement about our girls. The presidency has stated instead that it is confused.”

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Dogara Introduces Electronic Voting, E-Parliament

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has introduced electronic voting system in the conduct of legislative business of the House.

Dogara, who last Thursday announced the adoption of the e-voting system, said it was in compliance of the 8th Assembly Legislative Agenda.

Consequently, forms have been distributed to individual members to collate their data ahead of production of e-voting cards to all the 360 MPs. The implication of the new system is that records of each member’s punctuality and voting patterns can easily be accessed by his/her constituents and members of the public.

According to details of the Legislative Agenda as adopted by the 8th Assembly early in its life last year, “The 8th House commits to the use of ICT in the daily conduct of legislative activities of the House.

E-parliament and e-voting platforms will be made a regular feature of the House.” ” E-voting will be used regularly during voting to properly reflect voting records of Members and parliamentary accountability. The House shall collaborate with relevant stakeholders to achieve the goal of an e-parliament.”

The e-parliament initiative will operate on the platform of modern, up to date digital technology. Internet and intranet access supported by computerized legislative information management system will be put in place. Other initiatives that will be introduced include the establishment and equipping of a Parliamentary Information Centre where information and documents of the National Assembly will be made available. Doing this, will further increase citizens access to the legislature and solve the problem of public access to authentic documents of parliament.

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Bayelsa Governorship Poll: No Card Reader, No Voting– Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Nigeria police have assured that they are ready for the conduct credible governorship election in Bayelsa State on Saturday.

The national chairman of the INEC,Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission has put necessary arrangements needed to conduct free and fair poll despite the allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the plot by the All Progressive Congress (APC) to rig the elections.

The INEC boss added that no voter would be allowed to vote without accreditation through the card reader.

Yakubu,who spoke yesterday to journalists in Yenagoa during a visit to the state command of the police and the stakeholders’ meeting held between the political parties and INEC,said the commission has delivered 52, 000 permanent voter cards for the remaining local government areas of Sagbama,Yenagoa,Southern Ijaw and Kolokuma/Opokuma.

Yakub said the commission would ensure that no Bayelsa voter was disenfranchised in the coming election.

Credit: Leadership