Amend Collation Order To Prevent Confusion During Polls – NPP's Mac Manu to EC

A former Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peter Mac Manu, has called on the Electoral Commission to modify the collation structure introduced in the 2020 general elections.

Amend Collation Order To Prevent Confusion During Polls – NPP's Mac Manu to EC

A former Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peter Mac Manu, has called on the Electoral Commission to modify the collation structure introduced in the 2020 general elections.

The Electoral Commission in the December 7 election set up collation centres in all the constituencies where officials of the Commission presented results from the various polling centres.

The Commission also set up the regional collation centres.

According to the former NPP chairman, the collation structure introduced by the EC played a part in the violence recorded in the elections.

“You set up a collation centre like Techiman South with 265 or so polling stations. It means you expect 265 presiding officers, so the whole place becomes congested and chaotic. More so, because people are eager for results, they come and line up, and this creates uneasiness for people to do the arithmetic,” he said.

“You need a serene atmosphere to do the arithmetic but with this noise and congestion, it becomes chaotic and ultimately false news and propaganda go about that they are stealing and the media start pronouncing that on the airwaves. This creates instability,” Mr Mac Manu added.

He made this comment a day after the Electoral Commission posited that the 2020 general polls were the most successful in the country’s Fourth Republic.