The Electoral and Boundaries Commission (EBC) has sought to explain the reasons for the delays in delivering ballot boxes and counting ballots following voting in general elections yesterday.
In a statement issued after 1 a.m. as counting was still underway in all 30 constituencies, it said a late court order requiring Chief Electoral Officer Angela Taylor to add 18 people to the voters’ list, and the need to redirect vehicles and drivers as a result of the order were to blame.
Below is the EBC’s full statement:
The Chief Electoral Officer was mandated by a court order late on the afternoon of Thursday, May 24, to add 18 persons to the Register of Electors.
Preparing the Addendum to facilitate this process and distributing the registers to various polling stations in several constituencies resulted in a delay in the close of poll in these constituencies.
The vehicles and drivers recruited for the delivery of the Ballot Boxes containing ballots from the early poll of Thursday, May 17, had to be redirected to deliver the Addendum, resulting in an even further delay in the delivery of those boxes.
The Electoral and Boundaries Commission wishes to assure the public that all necessary procedures were followed to protect the integrity of the poll.
Electoral and Boundaries Commission.