EC Chairperson, Jean Adukwei Mensa
EC Chairperson, Jean Adukwei Mensa

The Electoral Commission (EC) has reportedly interdicted five officers who supervised the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) parliamentary primary in Yendi.

The decision to interdict these officers, excluding municipal officers, comes after allegations of ballot tampering during the election on Saturday, January 27, 2024.

Accra-based Citi News reports the interdiction is in response to the concerns raised during the elections.

The identities of these officers are however not immediately known.

The election was a contest between incumbent MP, Farouk Aliu Mahama and  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) Hajia Abibata Zakariah

It was generally smooth except for the confusion that broke out during the counting process with ballots destroyed and properties vandalised.

The MASLOC CEO’s supporter accused an EC officer of using indelible ink to spoil the ballots of his favourite candidate.

Amidst the chaotic scene, Mr Mahama was declared winner of the election, an outcome the EC has disassociated itself from.

Meanwhile, Hajia Abibata has also petitioned the National Executive Council (NEC) of NPP, requesting Mr Mahama is prohibited from holding himself as the parliamentary candidate-elect.

She has also asked the party to order for fresh elections to be conducted and supervised by competent, independent, and sincere Electoral Commission, party and security officers.