The Bono Regional Secretariat of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it will petition the Electoral Commission (EC) in respect of the parliamentary results in the Banda constituency in last week’s elections in which the incumbent NDC MP for the area, Ahmed Ibrahim, was declared winner.
If the party is successful in this pursuit, it will shore up its number of parliamentary seats in the region to seven, and boost the party’s numbers in Parliament, especially when some seats are still being contested by the two leading political parties.
The petition follows some discrepancies in the calculation of the various results collated at the 44 polling stations as well as the results of the special voting, which the NPP says do not reflect the figures captured on the EC’s pink sheets given to the various parties.
Addressing the media in Sunyani over the weekend, the Regional NPP Chairman, Kwame Baffoe Abronye, intimated that at the end of polls, the pink sheets indicated that the NPP candidate, Joe Danquah, had obtained 8,195 of the total valid vote cast whereas the NDC candidate, Ahmed Ibrahim, has secured 8,276 of the total valid vote cast.
However, he explained, a careful look at the various figures on the pink sheets rather showed that the NPP candidate was ahead of Ahmed Ibrahim by a slim margin of 27 votes.
“We’re not attacking the integrity of the Electoral Commission; we’re only raising issues about certain irregularities which occasioned the collation of the parliamentary results in the Banda constituency,” Chairman Kwame Baffoe Abronye told the media.
He therefore called on the EC to review the results to reflect the sovereign will of the people of the area to avoid any possible confusion.