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Local News: Address Computational Errors In Press Briefing, Not Statements - CODEO Admonishes EC

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers, (CODEO), has urged the Electoral

Commission, (EC), to hold a press briefing to address the Computational errors that came up

whiles declaring the initial results of the 2020 Presidential Election.

In CODEO'S view, the press releases issued by the Commission so far to address concerns

raised In the wake of the errors have done little to erase the doubts surrounding the integrity

of the Presidential election results declared by the commission on the night of December 9, 2020.

"CODEO is of the view that, given what is at stake, the EC must go beyond passive publication

of a press release to hold a public event to address the underlying issues with respect to the computational errors identified , so as to allay any lingering concerns and doubts"

"In addition, the Coalition urges the EC to ensure that source documents signed by the political parties, which support the instrument of declaration, are consistent with the tally

sheet for the collation of the national results for the presidential candidates", the statement said.

CODEO'S statement follows the ECs press release on December 10 correcting errors detected in its declaration of the presidential results on December 9.

The Commission's statement acknowledged that it's chairperson , Jean Mensa "Inadvertently used 13, 433,573 as the total votes cast" instead of 13, 119,460.

"This does not change the percentage stated for each candidate and the declaration made by the chairperson", the statement said.

CODEO'S statement however made it clear that despite the changes effected by the commission, the final outcome still fell within the conference range of CODEO'S estimates.

"CODEO has absolute confidence in its PVT estimates, reaffirms the results that it has already published, and assures the public that the results declared by the EC closely match the coalition's PVT estimates ", it assured Ghanaians.

Story by Rodney Tsenuokpor