Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson Jean Mensa declared the official results of the December 7 polls on Wednesday.
NPP’s presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo polled 6,730, 413 (51.59%) while John Mahama, flagbearer of the NDC obtained 6, 214, 889 (47.36%) of the total valid votes.
Addressing the nation on Thursday, Mr. Mahama accused the EC of ‘manipulating’ and ‘rigging’ the elections in favour of the NPP.
He stated that ‘when it comes to the parliamentary elections, the NDC has a working majority of one hundred and forty 140 seats.
In respect of the Presidential elections: the facts and figures available to the us from pink sheets and other evidence that has unfolded across the country, indicate that numerous steps have been taken to manipulate the results of the election in favour of the incumbent President’.
He questioned the credibility of the general elections, saying :
‘The Chairperson of the EC, in less than 24 hours after her declaration, has admitted that she has made unacceptable errors, which go to the heart of the entire electoral process and cast deep doubt on the credibility of the announced outcome’.
According to the former President, ‘the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission has been used to manipulate results from the various constituencies and in that process seek to subvert the sovereign will of the Ghana People’, adding ‘the use of the military in this election is unprecedented’.
Mahama observed that ‘armed forces featured heavily as an intimidating measure to reverse election results, and they continue to be used in the same intimidating role to insist on recounts in areas in which the incumbent has lost whilst arm-twisting election officers during these supposed recounts.
He urged party supporters: ‘we will not accept anything short of a declaration of the legitimate results, which point to an NDC Parliamentary Majority.
The Electoral Commission of Ghana has never brought its credibility to this historic low at such a crucial moment of election result declaration. In fact, the litany of irregularities and blatant attempts at rigging for a candidate is obvious and most embarrassing.
Ghana has come too far in our democracy, in our transparency, and in our well-earned international reputation for free and fair and nonviolent elections, to find ourselves here, where we are with this election.
As has been announced by our party, the National Democratic Congress: We are unable to accept the outcome of the election as declared by the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Mrs. Jean Mensah. Those results are flawed and discredited’.
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