Ace broadcaster, Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, has resigned as head of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications and is heading to the National Communications Authority (NCA) as its new head.
It is unclear, where Joe Anokye, who reportedly hacked into Electoral Commission’s database and compromised it during the last December’s presidential election, is going.
Joe Anokye, was rewarded by President Nana Akufo-Addo with an appointment as the Acting Director General of the NCA. The America-based Mr. Anokye, took over from William Tevie, who occupied the position since June 22, 2015.
But StarrFM one of the many media houses under the EIB Network reports that its sources say the ex-broadcaster is heading for NCA top job.
Mr. Sakyi-Addo, has for some time now been part of the EIB Network owned by Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, an ex-Finance Minister in the John Evans Atta Mills’ government, and onetime Governor of Bank of Ghana in the Jerry Rawlings government.
Starr FM reports that its sources have confirmed that Mr. Sakyi-Addo, received his appointment letter from the Akufo-Addo government days ago.
The broadcaster was appointed Chief Executive of the Telecom chamber in May 2011. Mr. Sakyi-Addo was General Manager (Communications) of Aqua Vitens Rand from 2007, and played a major role towards ensuring the full completion of the company’s five-year management contract in Ghana during the Kufuor administration.
Mr. Anokye was reported to have worked with a team of IT experts brought to Ghana by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the election.
They were reported to have hacked into every conceivable database compromising information including the presidential results thus delaying the declarations of the numbers by the EC boss; Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei.
Computer hacking refers to the practice of modifying or altering computer software and hardware to accomplish a goal that is considered to be outside of the creator’s original objective. Those individuals who engage in computer hacking activities are typically referred to as “hackers.”
On December 8, while Ghanaians were waiting for the presidential results, the EC boss shockingly announced that the electronic transmission system adopted by the Commission for the transmission of the election results in the 2016 general elections may have been compromised.
The Commission’s Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, explained that the EC has thus advised its officers to resort to the manual transmission of results.
The popular news portals Ghanaweb and Graphiconline, were later compromised by some IT experts with the inscriptions saying Akufo-Addo had won the Presidential election. The then ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) database was also hit, and till date that party has no results of its own for any effective quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook were later flooded with Mr. Anokye’s images as the one who together with others had hit and compromised the internet site and news portals for the NPP. He never denied the charge.
He was later seen receiving handshakes from President Akufo-Addo. Not long after, videos of him being congratulated by friends went viral. In the video, Anokye was seen being soaked with expensive Champaign.
Mr. Anokye is said to have worked as a Telecommunications Service Manager with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
At NASA, he was responsible for Integrated Service Network Information Technology.
He is said to be the ‘architect’ behind a telecommunications platform developed to collate results received by the NPP during the December 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Mr. Anokye was the Technology Director of the NPP in the 2016 Campaign Team.
Addressing the press at the EC’s headquarters the EC boss on the evening of Thursday, December 8, 2016, she revealed that “unfortunately we’ve had challenges with our electronic results system. We had reason to believe the system had been compromised and we advised our returning officers at the collating centres to stop using it and revert solely to the manual process.”
“So as we speak, we are still awaiting results through the manual process to come in and we are making efforts to make sure that we see that the polling station results before the final declaration,” Mrs. Osei added.
Her address followed the Commission’s decision, earlier on Thursday, to review election results from all the collation centres across the country to check reports of over-voting from certain polling stations.
The EC Chairperson stressed the need to be prudent and meticulous in the collation of the results as she noted the Commission owed it to Ghanaians to declare accurate results that reflect the will of the people.
“The history of our presidential elections in the fourth Republic of Ghana have been very close and because of that closeness, we have a duty to ensure that we take our time, we collate the results properly and the process of collation remains as inclusive and as transparent as the process of the elections.”
She further assured Ghanaians that the EC would not manipulate the results as “the results have already been declared on a polling station by polling station basis.”
“All we are doing is picking all those results that have been already been declared and putting it together. but in doing that, we must ensure accuracy,” Mrs. Osei stated.