Sunyani East Aspirant Calls For Recount


Ambassador George Kumi.
A parliamentary aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Sunyani East constituency, George Kumi, who lost the bid during last Saturday’s primaries by a single vote, has petitioned the Electoral Commission (EC) for a recount and forensic audit of the ballots.

Mr. Kumi, former Ghana’s Ambassador to Libya and High Commissioner to Nigeria in the erstwhile Kufuor administration, had a total of 387 votes, losing to the incumbent, Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh, who had 388 votes in the keenly contested election. There were two rejected ballots.

A letter cited by DAILY GUIDE dated June 14, 2015 signed by the former ambassador and copied to the General Secretary of the NPP, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Command and the Constituency Election Committee, also requested the EC to hand over the ballot box to the Regional Police Command for safe keeping within 24 hours upon the receipt of his petition.

‘I wish to petition your office for a recount of ballots of the New Patriotic Party parliamentary primaries for Sunyani East Constituency which took place on Saturday, 13th June, 2015.

‘In addition, I ask that the Electoral Commission conduct a forensic audit of the ballots to ascertain the whereabouts of the missing ballot i.e. to know the serial number of that particular ballot.

‘Sir, I request the ballot box is handed over to the Regional Police Command for safe keeping within twenty-four hours upon receipt of this petition,’ the letter stated.

Prior to the elections, many political pundits predicted a victory for the former ambassador who had the popular support of the people in the regional capital.

He campaigned on improving the living conditions of polling station officers by establishing a fund to take care of their welfare and party people in general.

He also promised to resource the constituency with logistics to enhance their campaign in the 2016 general elections in order to hit his ‘agenda 80,000 votes for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,’ the party’s presidential candidate, in the constituency.

Ambassador Kumi, who reportedly managed to pull all party gurus in the region to his camp, had also promised to use his many international links to mobilize funds to construct modern toilets for some households in the constituency.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission is yet to respond to the petition.


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