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16.02.2009 Politics

Electoral Commission denies Woyongo´s claim

By myjoyonline

The Electoral Commission says it would be strange for someone to transfer his or her vote from its IT department outright.

This is contrary to claims by the minister-designate for the Upper East Region, Mark Woyongo to the effect that, he made his vote transfer directly from the IT Department of the Electoral Commission's head office in Accra, which went straight to the Nayagania polling station in Navrongo where he voted.

Mr. Woyongo´s attitude towards questions on his vote transfer and the importation of radio equipment informed parliament's Appointments Committee to ask him to go and prepare and face the committee again.

This development came about last Friday when the minister-designate appeared before the Appointments Committee to be vetted.

However a close source at the EC declined in an interview with ASEMPA NEWS that, transfers could be done from the IT department of the EC.

The source explained that one has to follow the due procedure; which is going to the polling station at the new residence to effect his/her vote transfer.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports reaching ASEMPA NEWS has it that the NDC Member of Parliament for Jirapa has died.

Members of Parliament have been tight-lipped on the cause of his death, however, ASEMPA NEWS learns that Mr. Edward Kojo Salia's health had been deteriorating over the past few weeks.

Mr. Edward Salia was Minister for Transportation under the previous NDC administration headed by Jerry John Rawlings.

Story Jerry Mordy