2020 polls: Concede or seek redress in court, Mahama urged

John Mahama
John Mahama

Pressure continues to mount on flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama to either accept the final results declared by the Electoral Commission (EC) or seek legal redress.

Six presidential candidates who are leading the charge want the former President to weigh the options for the sake of peace.

This comes after the leadership of the NDC accused the EC of rigging the 2020 elections in favour of the ruling NPP.

Following this, pockets of protests have been held by some supporters of the party across the country to drum home their displeasure of the final results declared by EC Chairperson, Jean Mensa.

But at a press conference on Wednesday, Hassan Ayariga of the All People’s Congress (APC), David Apasera of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Ivor Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Henry Herbert Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Kofi Akpaloo of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) and Independent Candidate, Kwame Asiedu Walker called for peace.

They maintained that the court is the only establishment that can overturn the final results declared by the EC.

“We are calling on John Mahama that although his refusal to accept the result is democratic, we implore him and his followers to take democratic processes”, Myjoyonline.com quoted Mr Walker as saying.

“Yes, protest is a form of the democratic process but it is indeterminate in the sense that you may not know what may happen during the demonstration,” he added.

Hassan Ayariga on his part said allegations of abuse by the military would have to be investigated.

According to official results, Mr Akufo-Addo obtained 51.6% of the vote, compared with 47.4% won by his main rival, ex-President John Mahama.

Mr Mahama has not yet conceded defeat. His party has rejected the results, citing alleged irregularities.

It was the third time the two politicians had faced each other in a presidential election.

The opposition also accused supporters of vote-buying, making threats against its supporters, and of violations during the count.

But the governing party leaders have flatly denied the accusations of electoral fraud.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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