Delaying to report a crime does not change the facts – Afriyie Ankrah on alleged printing of one million extra ballot papers

The Director of Elections for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, has stated that the party’s delay in reporting the alleged printing of extra one million ballot papers by Inno-Link Printing Press to the police, does not change the fact that the act is a crime.

The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, in an interview on JoyNews, The Pulse on Wednesday announced that the party will report the printing of the extra ballot papers for use in the Ashanti region, by Inno-Link Printing Press, to the police for investigation.

He alleged that the act of printing extra ballot papers on the part of Inno-link is a grievous offence and added that the NDC believes that the EC was complicit in the act.

At a press conference in Accra on Thursday, Asiedu Nketia reiterated the party’s intention.

Speaking on Joy FM‘s Top Story on Thursday, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah pointed out that the police is already aware that extra one million ballot papers were printed by Inno-Link Printing Press. He added that police officers were present at the scene and supervised the burning of the ballot papers.

Mr Ankrah said this in response to a question by host, Evans Mensah in respect of whether the NDC has not delayed unduly in reporting the matter to the police.

“In any case Evans whether it is 10 months or one year, have you asked the EC why they also took 10 months to respond? Because, these issues were in the public domain….the police supervised the burning together with the National Investigation Bureau, so it is a matter within their domain already for which they should have been acting. Whether it is 10 months or two years, is there a statue on the limitation when it comes to a crime? Does that change the facts?

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According to Mr Afriyie Ankrah, the NDC would a file complaint to that effect, immediately.

He said the party is of the expectation that whoever is found culpable in the alleged vote rigging attempt would be made to face the full rigours of the law.

The NDC’s Director of Elections also urged the IGP to direct some attention towards the eight deaths that were recorded during the 2020 elections.

“If the IGP is showing commitment and is being proactive, by arresting people brandishing guns which is a misdemeanor, for which he is being commended, these are also matters in the public domain. Even beyond printing of ballot papers. Eight innocent Ghanaians have been murdered. These are all matters of the public record and the police should be interested. So if they have forgotten we will take the steps to remind them,” he said.

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