An NDC communicator, Solomon Nkansah, alleged that NPP big wigs, including First Vice Chairman, Freddie Blay, former Finance Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo, and National Youth Organiser, Sammy Awuku, had arranged with the Upper East regional head of the Electoral Commission (EC), James Arthur Yeboah, to rig the election in the opposition party’s favour.
He said the message, which had come from the phone number 233248497192 read: “James, please, once again Chairman Wontumi and Hon. Blay says I should tell you to tell your men not to use the black cream on Tuesday and that they should get rid of the ones in their possession. Please, just keep your distance for now."
According to Dr Omane-Boamah, another text was subsequently sent, saying: "Sorry, sir, yesterday, I called you sir, it was a wrong number, my brother is also called James and I have your number in my contact book with the same name, sorry sir."
In an interview with Accra-based Kasapa FM, however, the EC regional boss denied plotting with the NPP to rig the election.
Mr Yeboah said: “I’m a Christian and I have conscience that will not allow me to take bribe while I do my work. I’m committed to ensuring that this bye-election is held in transparency so that whoever losses will know that he has not been cheated.
“Such comments create unnecessary tension in the country, as we advance in our democratic development we should try and move away from such utterances that may mar our elections”.