NPP, NDC Clash Over Asutifi Results
12/17/2008 11:24:39 AM -
Asiedu Nketia with Collins Dauda firing at the EC in Kumasi Supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Brong Ahafo region are reported to have engaged in verbal attacks at the conference room of the Electoral Commission (EC) in Sunyani over the Asutifi South parliamentary election results.
Whilst the NPP supporters said they would not allow the EC to re-collate the results, the NDC, on the other hand, insisted the results be re-collated.
This brought efforts of the EC to re-collate the results to a halt.
On the NPP's side were Kwasi Adu-Gyan and the Regional Co-ordinator of the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), who claimed to be the constituency chairman of the Democratic People's Party (DPP) at Asutifi South.
Also included was a member of the national campaign team of the NPP, Boakye Kyeremanteng Agyarko and the parliamentary candidate for the constituency, Yiadom Boakye Boateng.
On the side of the NDC were the General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia aka General Mosquito, Alhaji Collins Dauda, the NDC parliamentary candidate and the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Asutifi South, and Chris Ackumey, legal adviser of Collins Dauda.
The EC had invited the two parties to its offices to observe the re-collation of the Asutifi South election results, which had not been declared following misunderstanding between the two sides.
The NPP is preventing the EC from declaring the results on the grounds that some two polling stations, Twabidi Number 1 and 2 had their results tampered with.
As the EC led by its Commissioner for the Brong Ahafo region, Nana Amba Ayiaba I, the Krontihemaa of the Ogua Traditional Area, urged the returning officer to begin the re-collation, the NPP regional chairman reminded the commission that the NPP had written a petition regarding the results and for that matter they would not allow the re-collation to go on.
This, the EC Commissioner refused to comply with saying the letter of petition came in late; moreover it was not addressed to her but rather the Chairman of the EC through the Regional Director.
The NPP representatives, however, started arguing with the EC officials while the NDC general secretary also accused the Commissioner of collaborating with the NPP.
The two sides at this point began exchanging words and this led to more security personnel being called to come and maintain peace and order.
Nana Ayiaba subsequently suspended proceedings for the day and indicated that the document would be taken to the EC office in Accra for further action. From Simmons Yussif Kewura, Sunyani