Mr. Kenneth Opoku, the Electoral Commission of Ghana’s municipal electoral officer for Atebubu-Amantin, has stated that the country’s electoral system does not permit rigging for any political party or candidate.
The claim that the EC is constantly in bed with the incumbent administration, according to Mr. Opoku, is nothing more than a suitable approach for the opposition to console themselves and their disgruntled followers.
He disproved the claim by walking the audience through the different voting procedures, emphasizing that political parties and security services are involved at every level, from the production of ballot papers to their distribution to polling stations on election day.
The same, he claims, applies to the so-called “strong room.”
He advised political parties to hire agents who are up to the duty of ensuring that nothing improper occurs at voting stations, stressing that officials hired to staff these locations are typically not Commission employees, and that some of these individuals may have hidden objectives.
Mr. Opoku was speaking about electoral violence and its impact on peace and development as part of a series of engagements organized by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in collaboration with the National Security Ministry and funded by the European Union, with the goal of sensitizing stakeholders on Peace Building and Community Based Mechanisms for Countering Violent Extremism.
The Atebubu-Amantin municipal Inter Party Dialogue Committee was present at the meeting, which was themed Empowering Ghanaians to Stand for National Cohesion and Inclusive Participation.
Mr. Joseph Kwaku Yeboah, the NCCE’s Bono East regional director, walked the attendees through the Public Order Act 491 of 1994, the Vigilantism and Related Offences Act 999 of 2019, Alternative Dispute Resolution ADR, and separatist group activities in Ghana.
Mr. Patrick Tampugre, the municipal director of the Commission in Atebubu-Amantin, anticipated that participants would involve their broader membership in the topics highlighted in order to assist accomplish the exercise’s goals.
The participants were shown a video about election-related violence and its consequences.
Representatives from political parties, traditional authorities, faith-based organizations, heads of departments, women and youth groups, and people with disabilities were among those who attended (PWDs).