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Daily Guide – EC blows GHc11m on Telcos

…over failed electronic transmission

 

Information available to DAILY GUIDE indicates that the Electoral Commission (EC) paid huge sums of money to telecommunication service providers for the transmission of the 2016 election results.

The commission is said to have spent a whopping GH¢11,952,894.50 on the Election Results Management System (ERMS) alone.

An EC Audit Observation Memorandum indicated that four major mobile telephony service providers pocketed a total of GH¢6,591,402.53 for just faxing the results from the 10 regional offices under the virtual private network platform.

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Under the ERMS, networks like Airtel, Vodafon, MTN and Tigo took away GH¢2,534,877.54, GH¢1,104,245.61, GH¢202,282.64 and GH¢2,749,996.74 respectively for faxing the results.

The EC had reportedly wanted to carry out electronic transmission of the results from all the 29,000 polling stations akin to the process in Kenya at an estimated cost of between $32 million and $35 million, despite vehement protests by the opposition parties at the time.

Kennedy no show at CID

Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong yesterday failed to honour the invitation of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to give a statement on allegation of corruption he had purportedly leveled against some unnamed officials at the Flagstaff House and Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Communications Minister.

Mr Agyapong and controversial musician and satirist, Kwame Asare Obeng, also known as A-Plus, were invited to provide evidence of their corruption allegations against the two deputies to the Chief of Staff.

Information gathered at the CID headquarters indicated that even though Mr Agyapong had given some documents to the police, he would not turn up to give a written statement; but A-Plus honoured the invitation.

A-Plus reported in the company of a brother to give his statement. He left the headquarters immediately he gave out his statement.

Police invited Jospong as Adom Otchere defends him

Information available to Joy News indicates that the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies has been invited by the police for questioning over some questionable contracts.

The Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service, sources say, wrote to Mr Joseph Siaw Agyepong following Joy News’ investigative series detailing questionable contracts involving subsidiaries of the Jospong Group.

The letter was reportedly sent on Wednesday afternoon.

Joy News can also confirm that the investigation was authorised by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Gloria Akuffo.

The CID also wrote to Joy News’ lead investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, to assist with the investigations into a waste bin contract awarded to subsidiaries of the Group.

Mr Awuni after nine months of investigations discovered that the Local Government Ministry last year awarded a $74 million contract to five subsidiaries of the Jospong Group to supply one million waste bins and 90,000 bin liners.

 NDC snubs SSNIT $72m scandal

It appears the National Democratic Congress (NDC) feels safe remaining silent on the controversial Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) stinky software deal that has cost the nation over $72 million, with some leading members of the party said to be behind the deal.

Members of the Minority NDC in Parliament, who were swift in criticising the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, earlier this year over the $2.5 billion domestic bond issuance and commented on the petitions against the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, has been silent over the SSNIT scandal which fingers top NDC chieftains, including the party’s 2020 presidential hopeful, Prof. Joshua Alabi.

At a press conference on Tuesday in Accra, the minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, indicated that the NDC was waiting for “expert advice” before it could publicly comment on the alleged rot at SSNIT.

 

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