The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said that it will not allow the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to declare the results of the upcoming November elections.
The deputy general secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho, told Accra-based Okay FM that the Electoral Commission (EC) was the only body mandated with declaring election results and that it would be illegal for NPP to assume this role.
Mr Anyidoho said the NPP would not be allowed to repeat what it did in 2004 when it declared the result without any repercussion.
"Let’s not forget that they have done it before. In 2004 , the late Jake Obetsebi Lamptey did it but this time around that will not happen because the law does not allow it,” he said.
His comments come after the director of elections of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mac Manu, suggested that the party would declare the results of the November elections ahead of the Electoral Commission (EC)’s official declaration.
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.