The presidential candidate for opposition National Democratic Congress, former president John Dramani Mahama has said accused the Electoral Commission of Ghana of manipulating total figures of the December 7th polls in favour of President Nana Akuffu Addo.
He made this statement at a press briefing of some party faithfuls and the media at the party headquarters in Adabraka on Thursday evening.
The Electoral Commission on Wednesday announced President Nana Akuffu Addo as president and gave him mandate to continue ruling as president for the next four years. He came top of the elections ahead of his eleven other contenders, beting them by 51.48% of total valid votes cast. John Mahama followed with a little above 47% leaving the rest to the other contenders.
Speaking for the first time since the declaration of the presidential results, former president Mahama thanked everyone who voted for him in the December 7th polls and was quick to say he doesn’t accept the final results as declared by the EC.
Mahama claimed that the figures available to his party puts him ahead of Akufo Addo in the election and said they already have 140 seats in parliament, a little above EC’s declaration of 136. He added that there were violations of people’s rights by the military and police and that wasn’t done at the blind side of President Akuffu Addo.
“It is now obvious to many objective minds that the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission has been used to manipulate results from the various constituencies and in that process seek to subvert the sovereign will of the Ghana People,”, he said in a portion of his speech.
John Mahama indicated that the NDC would resort to appropriate tactics aimed at reversing what he called the unfortunate happening and asked for party faithfuls to support the course.