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EC committee indicts Bawumia but silent on GH¢10,000 'bribe'

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

The Electoral Commission has concluded that New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia verified his voter status in the electoral roll outside the designated Exhibition Centre.

A statement issued by the EC on Tuesday, signed by the Deputy Chairperson in charge of Operations, Amadu Sulley, said a three-man committee set up to investigate the incident at Walewale in the West Mamprusi District, found that on 24th July, 2016, an Exhibition Officer by name Mr. Ambrose Yobe and a Verification Officer, Ms. Mumuni Latifa closed and vacated their exhibition centre before the stipulated closing time of 6pm.

The EC however, was silent on allegations by the National Democratic Congress that Dr. Bawumia paid an amount of GH¢10,000 to facilitate the violation of guidelines for the exhibition of the voters register.

The statement said that "Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was facilitated by both officers to check his name in the voters' register and got verified outside the exhibition centre.

"The Committee was of the considered opinion that the conduct of the Officers was a violation of the guidelines issued for the exercise and contrary to the Commission's policies." 

The officers have since been dismissed. Click to read the EC's statement.

In a related development, the NPP, which denied any wrongdoing by Dr. Bawumia in the said incident of July 24, says it felt vindicated by the EC's conclusions.

The NPP in a statement signed by its Walewale Constituency Secretary, Simon Ali, said Dr. Bawumia was never verified in his home or family residence as as alleged by the NDC, and neither did he give any official of the EC any amount for whatever purpose.

Click to read the NPP statement in full.