17 December 2012

Ghana: Police-State Activities Will Not Be Tolerated - NPP

The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, has issued a stern warning to John Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to immediately cease using police-state tactics to interfere with the preparation of evidence by the party to challenge the Electoral Commission's (EC) verdict on the December 7 polls.

The EC, led by Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, on December 9, 2012 declared Mr. John Mahama as the president-elect in the December 7 presidential election.

Mr. Mahama, according to the EC, polled 5,574,761 votes, representing 50.70%, to beat his main contender, Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP, who polled 5,248,898 votes, representing 47.74% of the total valid votes cast.

"By now, it is clear that the NDC is running scared and will stop at nothing to silence the voice of the people, who are increasingly demanding an answer about the systematic, coordinated, and deliberate manipulation of election results that the NPP has uncovered. Continued unwarranted acts of aggression against citizens who peacefully follow the legal process, including a raid by dozens of fully armed police and military personnel on a private office full of male and female students merely counting blue sheets, will lead this country towards a police state. We cannot, and will not, allow that to happen," noted Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John.

Mr. Afriyie also cautioned NPP polling agents who were still compiling blue sheets to remain vigilant and resolute, as they had been blackmailed, bribed, and even physically threatened by NDC agents not to cooperate with the NPP's court case.

He pointed out that the NPP hotline was still in operation, and that any polling agent from any party who had information about foul play during the vote tabulation process should call 028 955 7051-6 immediately.

"The magnitude of our case will shock the nation and the world, and we have full confidence that the Supreme Court will treat it appropriately. Our primary interest is in assuring the people that their will, as expressed at the ballot box on December 7/8, will be recognised and the irregularities corrected. The most important thing for the NPP, as well as the nation's long term prosperity, is that the Ghanaian people retain confidence in the democratic process, so that they will always accept election results as credible. This is a critical moment for Ghanaian democracy - we must prove to our neighbours, to the rest of the continent, and to the international community that our institutions are capable of functioning freely and fairly," Mr. Afriyie averred.

He concluded: "We are certain that the evidence we will bring to the Supreme Court will uncover a vast pattern of irregularities that cannot go unaddressed, if Ghanaian democracy is to continue to thrive. We repeat our call to all supporters of the NPP, and of our court case in search of truth and justice, to remain calm. We thank them for the peaceful response throughout the country so far, even in the face of extreme NDC provocation."

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