The Electoral Commission (EC) has denied claims that it burned one million extra ballot papers at Old Fadama Mortuary Road Incineration Site on Friday.
The EC in a statement said what was burned was shredded waste from shredded damaged ballot papers and the printing plates which was done with the expressed knowledge and consent of the political parties.
The EC says it is shocked as to what would motivate it to clandestinely print one million ballots only to burn them in broad daylight and in the presence of officials of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Bureau of National Investigations, Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service and political party representatives.
“The Electoral Commission has noted news items carried by Joy News depicting the burning of ballot papers. We place on record that the assertions made in the video by an agent of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are false and entreat the public to disregard it.”
“Indeed, it is difficult to understand how the Commission would secretly print one million ballots and then openly, in broad daylight, burn all the ballots in the presence of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and political parties.”
The EC has given the assurance that only a specified number of ballot papers were printed at seven printing houses.
“This comprises the actual number of voters per constituency plus five percent only.”
The EC asked media houses to be circumspect in their reportage as the elections draw closer.