EC’s ‘hasty’ declaration of presidential results big blow to Ghana’s democracy – NDC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says the ‘hasty declaration’ of the presidential results of the just-ended 2020 general election has threatened the country’s democratic credentials.

A leading member of the party who is also the Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu insists that the EC rushed to declare the results despite the widespread concerns the NDC raised about the collated figures from the polls.

The NDC which has already rejected the results of the polls maintains that the country ought to fix the problem created because the EC’s action has put Ghana’s democracy under a severe attack.

“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 truly democratic nation,” Haruna Iddrisu said at a press conference last Wednesday.

In furtherance, the defeated party says given the incontrovertible proof that the election was flawed, it does not recognize incumbent President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the rightfully-elected President of Ghana.

“As a party, we have had extensive consultations and detailed analysis of the outcome of the elections as announced by Jean Mensa. We have come to only one irresistible conclusion, that it is a flawed discredited election and therefore we reject the presidential result without any reservation. We roundly reject and outrightly reject the declaration of the sitting president as the winner of the 2020 elections. In due course, our flagbearer will brief the nation and the international community,” Haruna added.

EC ignored Mahama’s petition to put declaration of results on hold – NDC

According to Haruna Iddrisu, the party is distraught that a petition sent by its presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama to the EC to express his disquiet with the presidential results was turned down without recourse.

He said John Mahama presented the petition to the EC ahead of the declaration hence cannot fathom why the electoral management body decided not to give a hearing to John Mahama who had contested the polls.

He added that the EC’s failure to properly address the petition filed by the NDC spells doom for Ghana’s enviable democracy.

“Even when he [NDC] filed a petition to the Electoral Commission today detailing his concerns of the processes of collation leading to the declaration, that was treated with utmost contempt. We consider that unacceptable. He asked the EC to address his grievances and concerns as a candidate but was ignored by the chairperson of the EC. The declaration of the Electoral Commission also smacks of bad faith,” he decried.