‘We want Police to conduct criminal investigations into conduct of EC and Inno-link during 2020 elections’ – Asiedu Nketia

The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Asiedu Nketia has asked the police to investigate the Electoral Commission (EC) and Management of Inno-link Limited over allegations of having printed one million extra ballot papers for the 2020 general elections.

This comes after former President Mahama alleged that Inno-Link printed one million extra ballot papers for use in the Ashanti Region during the 2020 elections.

Mr Nketia noted that the act of printing extra ballot papers on the part of Inno-link is a grievous offence, adding that the NDC believes that the EC was complicit in the act.

“In fact the certificate of destruction which was issued and which was shown by EC was actually the second certificate of destruction when they were caught red handed and they tried to justify the further printing, which justification could not fly. They had to eat humble pie and allow us to go and destroy the extra material that was printed,” he added.

Speaking in an interview on JoyNewsThe Pulse on Wednesday, Mr Nketia stated that the NDC failed to report the issue of extra ballot printing by Inno-link because they (NDC) did not want to damage their (Inno-Link) reputation built over time.

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“Inno-link is a fledgling business, one of the few security printers we have and I want to believe that they take printing contracts from elsewhere in the sub-region, because Ghana is known for security printing, so matters like this if they escalate can affect the business interest of Inno-link,” he explained.

According to him, the NDC however expected the printing press to address the issue through administrative measures. But this has not happened till date.

“Inno-Link has allowed the EC to use this as an opportunity to malign us [NDC] and our refusal or failure to escalate the matter to be a weakness on our part.”

Mr Nketia said the NDC “will change our decision and ensure that the police are brought in to find out who was culpable because the issues are not controvertible at all.”

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