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The Electoral Commission has given reasons why it missed the 24hr declaration after it promised to do so for the presidential elections.
Prior to that, the Commission has said that it introduced more efficient measures which will facilitate the declaration of election results within 24 hours because, in this year’s polls, the National Collation Centre in Accra is only receiving collated presidential election results from 16 regions as opposed to results from 275 constituencies as has been the case in the past.
But it missed the deadline which the Chairperson of EC, Mrs Jean Mensah cited rains and unforeseen challenges at some collation centers in the regions.
Addressing a press conference in the early hours of Wednesday, December 9, 2020, the EC Chair said “We thought that it will be important to brief you on some issues that had arisen in the course of this work. I am referring particularly to the Commission’s inability to declare the results as planned at 5 pm today. The Commission had intended and indicated its willingness to declare the 2020 presidential election within 24 hours after the general election. However, we experienced quite a number of challenges making it difficult for us to fulfil this promise. What had happened was the unexpected rain occurred in many parts of the country yesterday resulting in a number of our voting interruptions so long after voting, some centres had to continue with voting which led to delays and the subsequent declaration of results.”
She also apologized for the failure to declared the results as stipulated.
“Naturally, this had an impact on our plans in the sense that our officers could not collate the results and forward them to the appropriate locations as planned. Secondly, we also experienced some challenges with the regions particularly some areas in the hinterlands, Western North to be precise. It was difficult for our officers to travel to the regional capitals and to send the results there. We express our regret for our inability to declare the results at 5 pm on Tuesday as planned.” Mrs Jean Mensah said.
Madam Jean Mensah added that the commission is “hoping that, in the early hours of today [Wednesday, December 9, 2020], we will receive two additional results and will thereafter be able to make the declaration today.”
Source: Ghana Waves