Ghana, Opinion, Politics

Election 2020 in review: the aftermath and the hypocrisy surrounding it

Every year comes with its own challenges but 2020 was just unexpected. Aside the corona virus pandemic, the peace and stability of Ghana is being tested.

An important year on the political calendar of the country, Ghana held it’s presidential and parliamentary elections on December 7 to elect representatives to steer the affairs of the nation for the next four years.

Prior to the 2020 general elections

There were many controversies surrounding the polls; from the beginning, the main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by the Former President, John Dramani Mahama raised a lot of concerns against the compilation of a new voters register by the Electoral Commission due to the pandemic.

The compilation of a new voters register took place as planned anyway and 17,027,941 eligible Ghanaians were registered.

Moving on, the Electoral Commission, led by Jean Mensah, assured the various political parties as well as the general citizenry of a peaceful, free, fair, credible and violence-free elections. Also, the minister of national security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, on behalf of the ministry reassured all stakeholders of its commitment to ensuring a peaceful and violence-free elections.

Election day and the aftermath

78.89% of  eligible voters exercised their franchise during the December 7 polls. There however were some voters in the Oti region who were denied their right to elect their own members of parliament, even though the commission had promised a free, fair and credible elections.

There were also some incidences of violence recorded during the polls which led to 5 deaths.

This, among other anomalies, has led to what we are experiencing today.

After the declaration of the presidential results by the Electoral Commission, the NDC has since been on the streets protesting the results as they claim the election has been rigged. The NDC has held countless press conferences and briefings, seeking to address the issue by calling on the EC to declare their candidate, John Dramani Mahama as the president elect.

Lending further credibility to the claims of the NDC, the EC has come out more than once to make corrections to the figures of the election results.

The NDC on 30th December 2020 filed a legal challenge at the Supreme Court over the election results to prove its case of election fraud.

Meanwhile, in a news article published on December 30, 2020 on myjoyoline.com, the campaign chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peter Mac Manu claims the presidential candidate of the opposition NDC, John Dramani Mahama did not obtain the total number of votes credited to him, and this will be proven by the NPP during the Supreme Court hearing.

“We believe, and will prove in Supreme Court that even John Mahama did not receive the number of votes that have been credited   to him. We are going to show that during the course of the trial”, says Mac Manu.

With this I ask, could there be more flaws in the just ended 2020 general elections than what the opposition claims?

The issue of Sanctimony

Many, including the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), the peace council and some other organisations, have condemned the actions of the NDC, in their protest against the election results claiming their actions could lead to chaos in the country.

I am however of the view that, peace is found in a just society; and for justice to prevail, it would be more appropriate for these organisations to call a spade a spade by asking the EC to step aside for a forensic investigation to be done on the election results. I am not commending what the NDC is doing, but the right thing needs to be done. Jean Mensah and the EC need to do the right thing.

By Grace Mawusi Numon

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