John Dramani Mahama, the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), explained that because of the more than six million Ghanaian voters who voted for him on election day he was not ready to concede defeat in the just-ended December 7 elections.
According to him, this will also help him uphold the democracy of Ghana as well as keep the Electoral Commission (EC) and the government led by Akufo-Addo to a higher standard in terms of the democracy of Ghana.
“I must uphold our democracy and hold our Electoral Commission to higher standards in the interest of the more than six million people who voted for me and hold this government to higher standards in terms of democracy […] the way they have conducted this election; the government [President Akufo-Addo] and the Electoral Commission are a dent to our democratic credentials,” Mahama told VOA’s Pete.
As a Democrat, he indicated that it would not be right to sweep under the carpet the issues raised in the just-finished elections and leave it as it is without learning any lessons.
I can’t be seen in my values as a Democrat sweeping it under the carpet and just letting it go. I think that by seeing exactly where the problems are, we must bring closure to this. If the EC conducts an independent audit; they bring the numbers to someone crunch, do an independent audit; if I have lost why not […] I will be the first to admit and walk away.
But as long as that is not done, and I know that there is a deliberate attempt to subvert the will of the people in favor of the incumbent, it will be wrong for me to leave it just because we will not learn the lessons of this election in terms of our democratic practice. “I think we have to learn the lessons of this election in order not to repeat it in the future,” Mahama noted.
John Dramani Mahama lost to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the Monday, December 7, 2020, general elections for the second time after the 2016 general elections.
The EC within 48 hours of voting on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, declared the incumbent President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the president-elect of Ghana. The NPP’s flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo polled 51% of votes to beat the NDC flagbearer John Dramani Mahama who polled 47% of votes according to the EC.
After the declaration of the December 7 election results, the opposition NDC alleged that the Electoral Commission (EC) liaised with the incumbent NPP to overturn the results.
John Dramani Mahama, who led the NDC into the 2020 elections, at a press conference after the EC declared President Akufo-Addo winner of the presidential race, described the elections as ‘flawed and fictionalised.’
Mahama averred that data available to his party from across all the 16 regions of Ghana showed that he had won the 2020 presidential election insisting that any other pronouncement by the EC was evidence of manipulation of figures.
He, therefore, rejected the outcome of the presidential election.
The EC has, however, on Thursday issued a statement admitting an error in the declared results.
The EC stated in its statement that, the Chairperson “inadvertently used 13,433,573 as the total valid votes cast”.
“The total valid votes cast is 13,119,460. This does not change the percentages stated for each candidate and the declaration made by the Chairperson,” the EC said in the statement issued Thursday, December 10, 2020.