Ghana’s Opposition Rejects Election Results

Former Ghanian President and candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama speaks during the signing of the presidential election peace pact in Accra, on December 4, 2020.


Ghana’s opposition has rejected presidential and parliamentary election results, a party official said late on Wednesday and intends to take steps to appeal the electoral commission’s decision.

“Overwhelming evidence available makes it impossible for us to accept this spurious and hurried conclusion,” Haruna Iddrisu, a member of parliament for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party said, after the electoral commission announced President Akufo-Addo had won Monday’s vote with 51.59 percent, beating the NDC’s leader Mahama’s 47.36 percent.

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“We intend to take decisive and concrete steps, both with the presidential and parliamentary results, to overturn this brazen and shameless attack on our democracy,” said Iddrissu, speaking at a press conference in the capital Accra.

The West African country is known for its stable democracy, but tensions rose Tuesday after Mahama claimed to have won a parliamentary majority and warned Akufo-Addo, of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) against stealing the vote.

Mahama, 62, charged that Akufo-Addo, 76, had harnessed the military in a bid to sway the outcome, a claim the government said was false.

“You cannot use the military to try and overturn some of the results in constituencies that we have won. We will resist any attempts to subvert the sovereign will of the Ghanaian people,” Mahama said.

In a victory speech on Wednesday, the president-elect addressed his jubilant supporters, calling for peace.

“Now is the time, irrespective of political affiliations, to unite, join hands and stand shoulder to shoulder,” Akufo-Addo said.

Ghana has had seven peaceful transitions of power since the return of democracy more than 30 years ago, as post-electoral grievances have always been pursued through the courts –- a rarity in the troubled region.

Hoping to retain that reputation, Akufo-Addo and Mahama on Friday had signed a symbolic peace pact, which the 15-nation regional bloc ECOWAS urged “all political parties and their leadership to respect.”


ECOWAS, AU, UNOWAS Commend Ghana For Peaceful 2020 Election

A man reads a newspaper at a newsstand as Ghanaians await the results of elections in Accra, on December 8, 2020. PHOTO: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has commended Ghana for the peaceful conduct of the recently concluded presidential and parliamentary elections in the country.

In a joint statement issued by ECOWAS, African Union and the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) they urged political stakeholders and citizens to exercise patience and remain calm even as the Electoral Commission was yet to announce the final official results.

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“We, the Heads of ECOWAS and African Union Election Observation Missions, and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel and the Head of UNOWAS commend the people of Ghana for the peaceful conduct of the 7 December 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. This is in line with Ghana’s enviable track record of organising peaceful and successful elections since the return to multiparty democracy in 1992.

“As Ghanaians await the announcement of final official results by Electoral Commission, the Heads of ECOWAS and the African Union Observation Missions to Ghana, and UNOWAS urge all political stakeholders and the citizenry to exercise patience and remain calm,” the statement read in part.

They also lauded the major political parties in the country – NPP and NDC for their role in preserving the culture of conducting peaceful elections in Ghana.

“In recognition of the important role of the political leaders, especially the two major parties, the NPP and NDC, in preserving the peace in line with their commitments, including the signing of the Peace Pact on 4 December 2020, we urge all political parties and their leadership to respect the spirit and letter of these commitments,” the statement added.

They, therefore, urged the political parties and their followers to refrain from any conduct that may undermine the successful conclusion of the electoral process and state institutions to continue to carry out their responsibilities with professionalism and transparency.