Sene West ballot box snatcher jailed three months; EC “quarantines” his name in voter register [ARTICLE]

The 39-year-old, who is a resident of Tato Bator in the Bono East Region, pleaded guilty to the charge and told the court that, he did not know why he engaged in that act.

Aside for his jail sentence, Nukpeta, who has his name in the current voter register, will be “quarantined” in the system and once the EC already has his biometrics, anytime he attempts to register, his details will pop up.

The Director of Elections at the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Serebour Quaicoe after his (Nukpeta’s) sentence, said he would have preferred a harsher custodial sentence for Nukpeta so that it would serve as a deterrent for others who may want to engage in a similar act in the future.

Nukpeta’s crime

The court was told that he snatched a parliamentary ballot box at one of the polling stations in the area when the counting process was ongoing.

It took the intervention of the security personnel at the scene to pursue and arrest him.

Even with that, when the box was returned, it had one of the seals, the one belonging to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate removed.

Sene West seat

Meanwhile, the Sene West Parliamentary results in the Bono East Region is currently outstanding following a court injunction.

The EC cannot declare the results until the court has determined the case before it.

The outstanding Sene West seat was contested by three candidates in Monday’s election. They include the incumbent Kwame Ampofo Twumasi of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joseph Kumah Mackay of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and Caesar Fomekah of the National Democratic Party (NDP).

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