Ghana’s former ambassador to the Netherlands and opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) strongman, Dr. Tony Aidoo says the party would have won the 2016 elections if he was in the country.
Dr. Tony Aidoo is blaming the party’s elections directorate of doing a very poor job in terms of collating the 2016 election results, a situation he says is a far departure from what pertained in previous elections before the 2016 general elections.
According to the former Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the office of the president during the erstwhile NDC administration, his presence in the country during the elections would have made a huge difference since he has tremendous experience with regards to the operations of what is known as the ‘strong room’ of the electoral commission.
According to Dr. Tony Aidoo, the party had been consistent in the past in aptly collating results and ensuring that they are properly analysed before the declaration by the electoral commission, saying ‘’what happened in 2016 means we are lost, because the monitoring in the past was very good’’.
‘’In 2000 it was great, in 2008 I was in charge of monitoring at the strong room and I could tell from the actions of Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, Kan Dapaah and Kwabena Agyei Agyapong how they were trying to get results from Kumasi to alter the results. It’s all due to monitoring. So how did we lose the touch in 2016?’’ he quizzed on Accra based TV 3.
Dr. Aidoo wants the newly elected executives to fix these challenges going into the 2020 elections, adding that he was out of the country during the 2016 elections and would have brought his experience and expertise in strong room operations to bear if he were around.