-The ECOWAS election observer mission has described the Ghanaian election process as free, fair, and transparent
- The former president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, says she wished other countries would learn from Ghana
-However, Ghana’s largest opposition party rejected the outcome of the polls as fraudulent
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The just-ended general election in Ghana was free, transparent, and credible, the leader of the ECOWAS Election observer mission has said.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former Liberian president, disclosed this in a recent television interview on Saturday, December 12, 2020.
Ghanaians on Monday, December 7, 2020, went to the polls to elect a new president and some 275 Members of Parliament.
Over 13 million voters took part in the exercise that re-elected incumbent, President Nana Akufo-Addo, for another four-year term. He beat his arch-rival, former President John Dramani Mahama of the NDC by collecting 51.302% of total valid votes cast.
Mahama and the NDC rejected the outcome of the election, alleging that the verdict was “stolen.”
A team of fact-finders was deployed by the party to gather evidence of the alleged electoral irregularities and vote padding in favour of the governing NPP.
In her assessment, however, Sirleaf disagreed with former President Mahama and the NDC’s characterisastion of the polls.
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“If you ask me I would have to say once again Ghana has shown an example of an election that’s peaceful, that’s free, that’s transparent, that’s credible,” she stated.
She said she wished other ECOWAS member countries would learn from the Ghanaian example and improve upon their system.
Meanwhile, the women’s wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, hit the streets of the Ashanti region to protest against the results of the just-ended general election.
Dressed in red and black attire, the aggrieved women reechoed former President John Dramani Mahama’s claims that the election was flawed.
The women described the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Jean Mensa’s posture before, during, and after the polls as “shameful”.
In an earlier YEN.com.gh report, the immediate ex-chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Emmanuel Asante, warned the NDC it won’t be allowed to jeopardise the peace of the country.
The party, he said must desist from inciting supporters onto the streets and follow the laid down legal channels for the resolution of electoral disputes.
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