Accusing the nationwide Electoral Fee of presiding over a “fraudulent final result” within the nationwide elections on 7 December, John Mahama, presidential candidate for the centre-left Nationwide Democratic Congress (NDC), has pledged to take “all reliable steps to reverse this travesty of justice.”
“What we witnessed throughout the nation from 7 December, 2020, uncovered a deliberate plan to govern and pre-determine the outcomes of the election in favour of the incumbent, Nana Akufo-Addo,” Mahama instructed a press convention at NDC headquarters in Accra late on 10 December.
Celebration sources instructed The Africa Report that NDC legal professionals had been auditing the outcomes sheets – often known as “pink kinds” – from the nation’s 38,000 polling stations and would resolve on the subsequent steps which might embody a problem to the official outcomes on the Supreme Court docket.
Mahama, 62, who was President of Ghana from 2011 to 2016, rejects the official ends in each the presidential and parliamentary elections. On 9 December, the Electoral Fee introduced that incumbent 76 year-old Akufo-Addo, flagbearer for the centre-right New Patriotic Celebration, had gained 51.6% of the votes within the presidential contest, about half of the million vote margin that introduced him victory in 2016 (when he obtained 53.7% of the votes).
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It introduced that Mahama had obtained 47.4% of the entire however he claims that the Fee had failed to answer his get together’s questions on what he says are errors in voter collation. Mahama additionally says the NDC gained 140 seats within the 275 seat parliament giving it management of the legislature.
However on 10 December, the Fee introduced that there was a tie within the parliamentary race: with the NPP getting 137 seats, the NDC with 136 seats and an Unbiased MP holding the steadiness of energy.
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Talking at a press convention at NDC headquarters in Accra late on 10 December, Mahama stated: “…if we’re to progress as a nation, if we’re to reside as much as the inheritance of our historical past, one for which individuals have paid the final word value – that sacred verdict to the individuals should be revered.”
Comparisons to US election
Acutely aware that some Ghanaians are drawing comparisons between his rejection of the election outcomes and US President Trump’s behaviour since he misplaced the three November elections, Mahama reminded his viewers that he had conceded an election earlier than.
“When in 2016 on the finish of my first full time period as President I ran for re-election as an incumbent candidate,” stated Mahama. “I revered the desire of the individuals. I conceded, stepped apart and set in movement a peaceable switch of energy – as a result of it was the desire of the individuals.”
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Mahama additionally questioned the neutrality of the safety forces within the election in opposition to the backdrop of mounting tensions between the 2 foremost rival events.
“Armed forces featured closely as an intimidating measure to reverse election outcomes,” stated Mahama, “… and so they proceed for use in the identical intimidating function to insist on recounts in areas wherein the incumbent has misplaced whereas arm-twisting election officers throughout these supposed recounts.”
Ghana’s police stated there had been over 60 incidents on polling day, of which it stated 21 had been “true circumstances of electoral violence, six of which concerned gun pictures ensuing within the demise of 5 individuals.”
Election observers reported violent incidents within the Ashanti, Central, and Larger Accra areas. Within the early hours of 11 December, the NDC MP foe Keta, Kwame Gakpe, was attacked by unknown gunmen in his home at Anlo-Afiadenyigba, based on the Volta Area chapter of the get together. Gakpe has since been hospitalised with gunshot wounds, say NDC officers who blame the assault on armed supporters of the ruling NPP.
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Ought to the NDC problem the NPP’s victory within the presidential elections within the Supreme Court docket it will be a role-reversal of the 2012 elections when the NPP candidate Akufo-Addo challenged the Electoral Fee’s announcement that then incumbent had gained the vast majority of votes.
‘Stress-test for Ghana’s political system’
Akufo-Addo’s problem, backed by an in depth crew of legal professionals, went on for eight months with a lot of the testimony televised for all Ghanaians to see. It was praised by civic activists as a stress take a look at for Ghana’s political system. Ultimately Akufo-Addo stated he accepted, however didn’t agree with the Supreme Court docket’s majority resolution in favour of Mahama.
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Authorized analysts in Accra says the teachings of the 2012 Supreme Court docket case recommend that Mahama and the NDC could have an uphill battle to overturn the Electoral Fee’s outcomes this yr. Native elections observers CODEO stated the Fee’s outcomes had been inside an appropriate margin of error with its personal parallel vote computation in all 275 constituencies.
Nonetheless, the complainants could take some consolation from verdicts over the previous three years by the Supreme Courts in Kenya and Malawi which have overturned election outcomes and ordered reruns, after contemplating a mix of quantitative and qualitative components. The NDC and some other complainants have three weeks to file a petition to the Supreme Court docket.