Ghana’s largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rejected the 2020 presidential results declared by the Electoral Commission (EC) some few hours ago.
Addressing journalists at a press conference in Accra, the Minority Leader of Ghana’s Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, said the NDC has “overwhelming” evidence that proves that the party’s candidate, John Dramani Mahama won the election.
“As a party, we have had extensive consultations and detailed analysis of the outcome of the elections as announced by Jean Mensa, the EC chair.”
“We have come to only one irresistible conclusion, that it is a fraud, discredited election and therefore we reject the presidential result without any reservation,” he said.
Mr Iddrisu therefore stated: ” The NDC rejects the presidential results as announced by the EC”, stressing that the party roundly rejected the declaration of the sitting president as the winner of the election.
He described the action taken by the EC Chairperson as an attack on the country’s democracy. This is because the concerns of the NDC flagbearer and former President John Dramani Mahama were addressed before the declaration of the results.
Mr Iddrisu said there are attempts to rob the party of both their presidential and parliamentary victory, revealing that Mr Mahama had written a petition to the EC before the results were announced to voice his concerns over the collation.
“That (petition) was treated with utmost contempt and that we consider unacceptable. We also want to serve notice that the blatant effort even to deny us a parliamentary majority will be fiercely resisted.”
According to Mr Iddrissu, the party is taking “decisive” decisions to challenge the presidential and parliamentary results as read by the EC.
“This evening Ghana’s democracy has come under severe attack and needs some rescue urgently. If not rescued these attacks will foster and grow into future elections and that will disfigure our track record, as a true democratic nation,” he added.
Mr Iddrisu and his party people also served a strong notice to the EC and the NPP that they won’t accept the blatantly effort to deny them the Techiman South parliamentary results that would give the party the parliamentary majority.
They therefore demanded the immediate collation of the results.
The Chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensah had earlier declared the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the winner of the country’s 2020 presidential election despite violence recorded in some parts of the country.
According to the police, five people have lost their lives, while others are nursing various degrees of injuries due to the electoral violence.
The President elect polled 6,730, 413 which is 51.59% of the total votes cast nationwide on December 7.
His closest contender, John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) polled 6, 214, 889 which gives him 47.36% of the total votes cast.