Going to court needless: our request for re-collation the best approach – NDC’s Minta Akandor argues

It appears the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) had regretted challenging the results of the just-ended parliamentary elections in some constituencies.

The Member of Parliament for Juaboso Constituency, Kwabena Mintah Akandor had shared that it was needless to argue the contentious electoral results in court, if the Electoral Commission had granted the NDC’s request for a re-collation of the ballots.

The Juaboso lawmaker argued that there were sufficient reason to believe the Electoral Commission was biased towards the NDC in the matter involving the Techiman South parliamentary election.

According to him, the law provides parties with a right to demand a re-collation of the ballots if they were in doubt of how the numbers were collated.

In an interview he granted Okay FM today, Mr. Mintah Akandor mentioned that he had foreknowledge of this provision in the Constitutional Instrument guiding the electoral process, that grants such rights in cases where there are disagreement.

“It’s very simple…and it wouldn’t have taken us to that extent. There is no need going to the court. If we are to be honest and our leaders have been bold to act accordingly this wouldn’t have ended that way.

“I debated on the C.I used for the election. I have argued that parties have the right to call for a re-collation of the ballots if they have doubts. There is no need to go to court for this. It’s basically needless to go to the court to seek for a re-collation,” he argued.

Mr. Mintah Akandor wondered why the Electoral Commission has been discriminatory against the NDC, when it had granted the New Patriotic Party’s request for the re-collation of the ballots at Banda.

“There is a clear precedence…the one at Banda in this election, our opponent in the NPP called for a re-collation even after the EC had declared the results. And this was granted.

“They didn’t go to court, and all parties have come to a common understanding on this. But when it came to we asking for the re-collation of the ballots for Techiman South, it’s being turned down, all because it is an NDC request,” he stated.

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