- The Ghana Police Service has said it will deploy at least 6000 officers for the inauguration
- It will also secure and patrol the entire State House Complex
- Akufo-Addo will be sworn-in amid a Supreme Court challenge to his reelection
President Nana Akufo-Addo will be sworn in on Thursday, January 7, 2021, for another four-year term.
At least, 6000 security personnel will be deployed for the inauguration including officers of the Ghana Armed Forces, the Ghana Police Service said in a statement.
The security personnel will be expected to secure and patrol the entire State House Complex, Accra International Conference Centre, Accra Sports Stadium, and the Black Star Square on the day.
President Akufo-Addo defeated the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, in the December 2020 polls.
He polled 51.302% of the votes while Mahama had 47.359%.
Mahama, however, rejected the outcome, filing a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge it.
Addressing Ghanaians on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, the former president explained the motive behind his challenge of the results of the presidential.
According to him, he was contesting the outcome to remove doubts in the minds of Ghanaians over the credibility of the electoral process.
“I want the removal of doubt. I want for all of us to know that our elections should be free, fair, and safe—and that we do not have to settle for a process that leaves us confused, and with more questions than answers,” he said.
Meanwhile, a member of the NDC’s legal team, Dr. Dominic Ayine, made startling revelations about Mahama’s petition.
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According to the former deputy justice minister, the party has no evidence Mahama won the 2020 presidential race.
“We never said that we won the [presidential] election,” he disclosed in an interview with GHone TV on Thursday, December 31, 2020.
In other news, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) expressed confidence the Supreme Court will affirm the reelection of President Akufo-Addo.
The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
Reacting to Mahama’s petition, the director of communication of the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, assured the legal team of the president was ready to expose the emptiness of the petition and the continuous denial that Akufo-Addo indeed won the election “without any iota of doubt.”
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