News anchor and host of Eye Witness News on Citi Tv, Umaru Sanda Amaru has added his voice to the already numerous voices on social media, radio stations, TV stations and the print media, about the aftermath of the 2020 election, especially in Techiman South, and the manner in which results have being collated.
In a Facebook post, the seasoned journalist seemed to have been convinced enough by the evidence presented by the Minority Caucus of the 7th Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana in regards with the much talked about Techiman South parliamentary results. His comment comes after the National Democratic Congress Members of Parliament under the leadership of Hon. Haruna Iddrisu and Dr. J. K. Avedzi publicly collated results of all the polling stations within the Techiman South Constituency on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.
According to the Minority Caucus, the one declared by the Electoral Commission as the winner of the Techiman South parliamentary seat did not get more votes than the NDC Parliamentary candidate for the Constituency, Mr. Christopher Beyere Baasongti. At the end of the collation done by the Minority Caucus, the NPP parliamentary candidate for Techiman South obtained 50,013 votes against the 50,306 votes obtained by the NDC parliamentary candidate, Mr. Christopher Beyere Baasongti.
According to the NDC, despite the fact that their candidate leads the NPP candidate, Mr. Martin Korsah, the Electoral Commission went ahead to declare the latter the winner of the election. To that effect, they displayed the pink sheets made available to them by the Electoral Commission from all the polling stations to the media.
The minority went ahead to express their disappointment on the treatment given them by the Jean Mensah-led Electoral Commission, from the processes leading to the election, throughout the election itself, and the aftermath. Earlier, the majority leader made it known that the only condition that would make the Minority side of Parliament attend the next inauguration of the President – elect, H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is when the EC accepts to re-collate the Parliamentary results of Techiman South Constituency.
Considering the manner in which things are unfolding, Umaru Sanda Amaru, thinks the NDC has a case and all the pink sheets they have presented looks authentic. He questioned if the Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Jean Mensah and her team can take to any TV station in the country and explain to Ghanaians how and why they declared the NPP candidate the winner of the Techiman South parliamentary seat.
“The EC’s credibility seems to be on the line and that’s not good for our democracy. It is in the Commission’s interest to clear the air and if it has made an error like the NDC says, it should correct so we move. I have said earlier, that it is a big enough deal for a man who once conceded defeat even with incumbency advantage, to be disputing the verdict of the EC,” he stated.