10 December 2012

Ghana: NPP Press Statement On Declaration of Presidential Results By EC

Photo: Daniel Finnan/RFI
Argument at a polling station.

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The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr Afari Djan, this evening made a declaration on the December 7 presidential election.

As the New Patriotic Party leadership made it clear to him earlier this evening, in a meeting requested by us and called by the National Peace Council, with the other political parties in attendance, we have serious reservations about the validity of what the Chairman of the Electoral Commission has done in declaring results that, by the evidence, do not reflect the mandate of the needed majority of the Ghanaian electorate.

It is obvious from the preponderance of evidence available to us, some of which was made available to the Commissioner prior to this evening's declaration, that the ruling National Democratic Congress, led by President John Mahama, conspired with certain EC officials in constituencies across the country to falsify the election results in favour of the President of the Republic, thereby, disregarding the mandate of the people of Ghana.

This situation, if allowed to go unchallenged and uncorrected, would seriously damage the essence of the electoral process and the substance of democracy in Ghana.

To accept this result is to discredit democracy in Ghana and, in the process, distort the process of democratisation in Africa. Therefore, the New Patriotic Party cannot accept the results of the presidential election as declared by the EC this evening.

The National Chairman of the Party has accordingly convened an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the NPP on Tuesday December 11 to lay out the steps that the party will take in light of these events.

......signed......

Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie

General Secretary of the NPP

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