The Electoral Commission have revealed why they jettisoned the electronic transmission of results in the aftermath of December 7’s polls which led to an unprecedented delay in releasing results to the public.
The Commission revealed hackers attempted to enter their system at the time, and the switch to manual delayed everything and lead to certified constituency results only released by the EC over 12 hours after polls closed.
In an interview with GTV, a deputy commissioner, Georgina Opoku Amankwaa said the Commission had to move over to manual transmission because there seemed to be a problem with the electronic system.
Everytime a figure was entered, it changed, meaning they took the decision to abandon its use.
“Our electronic transmission was not even coming. You key in, and the figures will change. You key in and the figures will change. Then we said no, we can’t go on with this. Let’s abandon it.” she said.
“The good thing was that was not the primary source. So it was good for us to abandon it.”
“The only problem was that it caused us some delay. We could have done that much earlier than what we did,” Opoku Amankwaa.
Charlotte Osei held a press conference at the time to address the delay in releasing results and the decision to move to manual transmission, which prolonged the process. The EC asked for a 72 hour window but delivered after just over 48 hours after the end of polls.