- The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODE) has rejected claims that the EC falsified the results of the presidential results in favour of President Akufo-Addo
- The chairperson of the EC declared Akufo-Addo the winner of the presidential race
- Meanwhile, the NDC rejected the declaration
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The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has validated the presidential results as declared by the Electoral Commission (EC) in the just-ended general elections.
The chairperson of the commission on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, declared President Nana Akufo-Addo the winner of the presidential race by obtaining 6,730,413 votes representing 51.595% of the total valid votes cast.
His closest contender, John Dramani Mahama of the NDC, polled 6,214,889 votes being 47.366% of the total valid votes cast.
However, it emerged that the commission made a mistake in the figures announced. A post sighted by YEN.com.gh on the morning of Thursday, December 10, 2020, on the verified Twitter handle of the commission reveals some corrections were made.
In a statement, the Electoral Commission clearly acknowledged that the Chairperson, Jean Mensah mistakenly used 13,433,573 as the total valid votes cast, which was not the case.
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The commission’s oversight led to claims by the NDC that the election was rigged.
But, CODEO disagreed. In a statement, the local elections observer noted that its Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology used in observing the 2020 elections confirmed the figures of the commission.
The statement signed by Acting Chair, Sheikh Arimiyawo Shaibu, said it can confidently verify the outcomes of the presidential election results as announced by the EC.”
According to the Coalition, the data was thoroughly checked for “accuracy and internal consistency.”
“Given that the official result announced by the Electoral Commission for each candidate falls within their respective PVT estimated confidence ranges, CODEO can confidently confirm that its PVT estimates are consistent with the official presidential election results,” he said.
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the NDC, Mahama, refused to concede to the president-elect.
The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said the NDC would not accept the outcome of the 2020 elections.
He said overwhelming evidence available to the party made it impossible for Akufo-Addo to be declared the winner of the presidential race.
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