The director of elections of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Mac Manu, has hinted that the party will declare the results of the November elections ahead of the Electoral Commission (EC)’s official declaration.
Mr Manu revealed this in Takoradi over the weekend, according to a report by myjoyonline.com.
It is not clear how the party intends to pull this off without opposition from the EC, political parties, civil society organisations and members of the public.
During the 2012 elections, the then general secretary of the NPP, Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, courted controversy after he declared mid-way through the polls that the party’s figures showed that its presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, had won the election with 51.3% of the votes.
The remarks provoked public outrage, with the National Peace Council holding an emergency press conference to condemn the NPP.
Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, chairman of the council, described the party's statement as premature and inconsistent with the law, which he said mandated only the EC to declare election results.
He also urged the media to be circumspect in its duties and not allow political parties to use their platforms for such declarations that could undermine the mandate of the EC.