The New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for the Bortianor Ngleshie Amanfro Constituency in the Greater Accra Region has debunked reports that he made available some items to aid officers of the Electoral Commission (EC) conducting the voter registration exercise in the constituency.
This comes after his contender, Alexander Akuoko who is the NDC parliamentary candidate for the same constituency accused him of distributing items to the EC agents in the registration centres to aid them in their work.
Mr. Akuoko, on Eyewitness News, insisted that he caught Sly Tetteh’s agents making these distributions with his own pick-up truck, branded with Akufo-Addo’s pictures.
Alexander Akuoko said his assertions were justified when Mr. Tetteh, in an interview with Accra 100.5 FM that morning said he saw nothing wrong with his vehicle being used to make the distributions.
But the NPP candidate, who also doubles as the CEO of the National Youth Authority, denied these allegations on Eyewitness News.
According to him, the items he provided were only plastic chairs and tables for the elderly and vulnerable registrants in the various centres and not materials for the EC agents.
“I was not carrying out duties for the Electoral Commission and that should be put on record. I was home and saw a video. I did not deny that my vehicle was at the centre before the EC even arrived. We also have our agents and we went to provide chairs for the aged at various centres and that’s not the only place I provided chairs for the aged. I did not know what exactly it was at the time the call came from the radio station [Accra FM] but I spoke to my guys on the ground and they said they were only chairs and not EC materials. This must be made clear that they were chairs and tables and not EC materials as it was being said on radio. So I wasn’t there in person, but my vehicle was there,” he said.
Issues with registration
The first day of the voter registration exercise nationwide was marked by the anticipated concerns about faulty machines, long queues and a lack of social distancing amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Across Ghana’s 16 regions, there are 6,788 clusters made up of five registration centres each.
Although there were issues like what happened in Bortianor Ngleshie Amanfro, the problem which topped the chart was the struggle to adhere to social distancing.
In some registration centres, efforts to cause the people to space out themselves were highly ignored.
The Korle Bu Police Station registration centre within the Ablekuma South District also identified over 20 persons seeking to register for the voter ID card presenting symptoms of COVID-19 at the centre.