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    2020 polls: ASEPA drags EC to parliament force accountability

    Civil society group Alliance for Social Equity & Public Accountability (ASEPA) has petitioned parliament to compel the Electoral Commission to give an account of the 2020 general elections to the people of Ghana.

    In its petition, ASEPA said: “The elections, right from the preparations to declaration, recorded a number of fundamental breaches, violations and discrepancies, which, eventually, led to the 2021 election petition hearing at the Supreme Court.”

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    “Even though the Supreme Court gave its ruling on the landmark case affirming the final declaration of the Electoral Commission, the Commission failed to fulfill its primary responsibility of accountability to the people of Ghana at the instance of the Supreme Court,” it added.

    The Executive Director of ASEPA, Mr. Mensah Thompson, argued in the petition that since “the Electoral Commission made six different amendments to its official declaration of the 2020 general elections within 12 hours after its hasty declaration on December 9, 2020”, there was the need to have election management body probed.

    The Alliance noted that during the conduct of the 2020 polls, “eight Ghanaians lost their lives including three others at some polling stations whereas armed military men invaded some collation centers such as the one in the Techiman South Constituency, opened fire on voters who had gathered to observe the collation of results for Techiman South Constituency killing 5 people and injuring several others.”

     

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