CDD’s Director of Policy and Advocacy, Dr. Kojo Asante, says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its presidential candidate, John Mahama have only one option to resolve their election grievances.
Mr Asante charged Mahama to use legal means because that is the only option the NDC has.
Mahama and the NDC have made it clear they will not accept the results of the 2020 presidential elections which saw President Akufo-Addo re-elected.
He described the results as flawed and hinted that his party will take the next line of action after auditing the pink sheets available to them.
Dr. Kojo Asante speaking on Citi Breakfast Show on Friday appealed to all aggrieved parties to seek redress in court as soon as possible to avert tension and further loss of lives.
“Mr. Mahama, the NDC and the NPP are very experienced people when it comes to elections. They know that whatever the issue is, one must know the appropriate process that ought to apply. If you are challenging a result, you have to ensure that the pink sheet the EC is using, is different from what you are using. There should be a discrepancy. In some cases, it must be one polling station. A court might decide that if the two parties cannot agree and the data doesn’t tally, an election is organised for that polling station, so we can declare a winner. These things can be resolved easily"
“That is why I regret that people have died for nothing. That will never resolve the results. We are still going to declare a winner for one person no matter what. And if the other person doesn’t agree, he has to challenge it in court. That is the only way you can say that you have been cheated and that the right thing has been done. No one can give it to you by word of mouth. It has to be done through a process. That is why I entreat that since he [Mahama] has the data, he brings the process early so that we can correct the errors. That is what I encourage the parties to do rather than inciting people”, he added.
John Mahama says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not accept the results of the 2020 general election.
Mahama addressing a press conference reiterated the party's earlier position to reject the results announced by Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Jean Mensah.
Mahama says the results the NDC has points to the fact that they won the election but the EC rigged in favour of Akufo-Addo and the NPP hence they won't accept.
"NDC won't accept anything short of a declaration of the legitimate results which points to an NDC majority. Final results have always been declared 48 hours but the EC within 24 was in a hurry to declare the results. The EC were bent on rigging and they have brought their reputation to a low. As announced by NDC we will not accept the results by the EC boss Jean Mensah, the NDC won a whopping 140 parliamentary seats but the EC wants to steal some 5 seats for the NPP."
Akufo-Addo polled 6,730,413, representing 51.595% while John Mahama garnered 6, 214, 889 representing 47.366% in the 8th election in the 4th Republic.