The 2020 presidential candidate of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama, has said he will neither concede nor accept the results of the just-ended December 7 election because, “in the interest of the more than six million people who voted for me, I must uphold our democracy and hold our Electoral Commission to higher standards and hold this government to a higher standard in terms of our democracy.”
Mr Mahama came second to President Akufo-Addo per the results declared by the Electoral Commission on Wednesday, 9 December 2020.
According to the EC, Nana Akufo-Addo emerged winner of the election with 6,730,587 votes representing 51.302 per cent while Mr Mahama polled 6,213,182 representing 47.359 percent out of the 13,119,460 total valid votes cast.
Mr Mahama, however, has disputed the results and refused to concede, accusing the EC of rigging the polls for the incumbent President.
Speaking to the VOA on why he has refused to accept the results, the former President insisted: “The way they’ve conducted this election – the government, President Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission – is a dent to our democratic credentials and, so, in my principles, as a democrat, I can’t be seen to be sweeping it under the carpet and just letting it go”.
“I think we must bring closure to this by seeing exactly where the issues are”, he said.
According to the former President: “If an independent audit is done by the EC: we bring somebody, do an independent audit, if I lost, why not? I’ll be the first to concede and walk away but as long as that is not done and I know there was a deliberate attempt to subvert the will of the people in favour of the incumbent, it will be wrong for me in terms of our democratic practices to just leave it because we will not learn the lessons of this election. I think we must learn the lessons of this election so that we don’t repeat it in future.”
Mr Mahama described the 2020 polls as the most incompetent election conducted in Ghana’s history.
He said: “In the run-up to the election, there were lots of flaws in the process and we kept drawing attention to them and the Electoral Commission was adamant to our call but on Election Day, we saw exactly what happened. This is the most incompetent election we’ve had”.
“Everything about this election does not reach the standard Ghana’s Electoral Commission has attained for itself. Ghana’s Electoral Commission is held in high esteem, as one of the best electoral commissions. Unfortunately, this election, she can’t even get the results right, the declaration is all over the place.”
The former President is confident he won the election, hence, his decision not to concede but conduct a forensic audit into the polls.
“We know we did win the election and we are currently doing a forensic audit of all the constituencies; first, to establish what happened there and then secondly to reconfirm the figures that we have because this case might end up in court; I don’t know, I cannot mention anything for now, but we are doing an audit and based on that, we would take whatever decision we need to take but I think that the incompetence the EC has shown, it will be useful for us to do a forensic audit of the EC’s own system and the numbers to know the EC’s final number because as of now, I don’t know what number they are going to gazette.”