Electoral Commission Clarifies Claims On Stuffing Of Ballots In Asawase Constituency

The Electoral Commission has clarified claims on stuffing of Ballots In the Asawase Constituency.

Earlier today reports circulating claimed some of the Parliamentary Ballot papers were stuffed in the Parliamentary Ballot box in one of the Polling Stations.

According to the Electoral Commission, their attention has been drawn to unverified statements by the Asawase Member of Parliament to the effect that a Parliamentary ballot box in one of the Polling Stations had been stuffed with marked ballots

The Electoral Commission, working closely with the Security Services thoroughly investigated the incident and identified that a voter unscrupulously and unsuccessfully attempted to put in fake ballots into a Parliamentary ballot box.

The fake ballots were identified based on the following discrepancies:

  1. The serial numbers in the fake ballots did not tally with the counterfoils in the original ballot paper booklet.
  2. The fake ballots were much lighter in texture than the Commission’s original ballot papers.
  3. The colors on the fake ballots were much fainter than that of the Commission
  1. The stamp at the back of the fake ballots was oval contrary to the Commission’s validating stamp.

“While the Commission encourages the Public to report instances of electoral malpractice, we urge everyone to desist from issuing unverified statements that lead to unnecessary confusion and heightened tension. Such statements, especially when coming from leaders do not auger well for the peace of the nation,” their statement read.

The Commission urged all Candidates to exercise decorum and verify information before issuing media statements.

Source: Kuulpeeps

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