-The Assembly Press in Accra has gazetted the presidential results of the 2020 election
-The EC was mandated to gazette the results by Constitutional Instrument (CI) 127, regulation 44, sub-regulation 11
-This will pave the way for the results to be challenged in court
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The presidential results of the 2020 general election have been gazetted by the Assembly Press, Yen.com.gh has gathered.
The move gives the results as declared by the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Jean Mensa the necessary legal backing.
Sources with knowledge of the development at the EC said this will pave the way for those wishing to challenge the results in court to do so.
The EC was mandated by the Constitutional Instrument (CI) 127, regulation 44, sub-regulation 11 to gazette the results.
One of the sources cited by state-owned Ghana News Agency explained that: “Without that, any case from a person or a group about the election results sent to court will be thrown away.”
The president garnered 51.302% of the valid votes cast to defeat the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama. Mahama collected 47.359% of the ballots.
Mahama rejected the outcome as fundamentally flawed, arguing that the declaration was a clear violation of the law because the commission did not follow the rules set out to conduct the elections.
He, however, noted in a recent interview with VOA that he would only concede after a forensic audit into the results declared by EC was conducted.
Meanwhile, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said no amount of “whining” can change President Nana Akufo-Addo’s victory in the just-ended general election.
The general secretary of the NPP, John Boadu, said the president emphatically won the election. The votes difference between the two candidates is 517, 231 with four percentage points, one of the highest since 1996.
According to him, Ghanaians are at a loss as to how a vote difference of 517,231 can be deemed contentious.
Supporters of the NDC since the declaration of Akufo-Addo, the winner of the elections embarked on a series of demonstrations to express their displeasure over what they said was rigged polls nationwide.
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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