The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) ex-President John Dramani Mahama has called for an independent audit of the result declaration forms of the December 7, presidential and parliamentary elections.
According to him, he will only concede defeat if an independent audit proves that he indeed lost the elections after assessing the evidence available.
According to the NDC flagbearer who insists that he won the presidential race, but was robbed by a compromised Electoral Commission (EC), the EC cannot be trusted as an arbiter of the dispute over who won the presidential elections because it had demonstrated gross incompetence in the conduct of the elections.
Speaking in an interview with the Voice of America’s (VOA) Peter Clottey, Mr Mahama described the 2020 elections as the most incompetent elections that the EC has ever supervised.
“This is the most incompetent elections we’ve had. I mean, everything about this elections does not reach the standards that Ghana’s Electoral Commission has attained for itself,” he said.
“I think that the incompetence that the EC has shown will be useful for us to do a forensic audit of the EC’s own systems and the numbers to come to what the final number for the EC is because as at now, I don’t know what number they are going to gazette.”
The EC’s declaration of President Akufo Addo, the flagbearer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) as winner of the 2020 presidential race as been exposed as fraudulent with massively discrepant figures.
The EC has been forced to admit the inconsistencies in the figures it announced, some of which were numerically and mathematically impossible.
The EC has been caught on more than five occasions, changing the figures it used as a basis to make its declaration for both the parliamentary and presidential elections.
For instance, less than 24 hours after the EC boss Jean Mensa had made her controversial presidential declaration, the EC issued a statement that hacked off over 300,000 votes from the total valid votes stated by Jean Mensa. The EC claimed she had “inadvertently” announced the total valid votes cast during the election as 13.433 million instead of 13.119 million.
However, even at 13.119, the aggregate of votes for the 12 presidential candidates still does not add up.
The EC is insisting these inconsistent numbers do not change the shape of the election results, but critics have disputed this, saying the election management body had deliberately manipulated the figures to favour the NPP party led by the incumbent President Akufo Addo.
Based on these inconsistencies, former President Mahama has refused to concede defeat. Indeed, the NDC says according to their official collation, Mahama won the elections.
According to Mahama, based on his “principles as a democrat,” he cannot accept the results of a discredited elections, saying “In my principles as a democrat, I can’t be seen to be sweeping it under the carpet and let it go”
He said if an independent audit is done on the EC’s results and the outcome proves that he had lost the elections, he will accept it and walk away as he had done in the past.