Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party’s ‘4 more to do more’ dream has become a reality as the Electoral Commission has declared the candidate winner of the December 7, 2020, presidential polls.
At a press conference at the Commission’s headquarters in Accra to announce the results of the presidential poll which was a re-election push for incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo and former president John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Electoral Commissioner, Jean Mensa declared that the president has been retained.
Nana Akufo-Addo polled 6,730,413, representing 51.595% while John Mahama garnered 6, 214, 889 representing 47.366% in the 8th election in the 4th Republic that had a dozen candidates.
Occupying the third position is Ghana Union Movement (GUM), with 105,565 representing 0.85%
Convention People’s Party (CPP) came fourth with 12,215 (0.093%), followed by Ghana Freedom Party who polled 5,575, representing 0.042%.
Great Consolidated Popular Party is next with 3,574 (0.02%), People’s National Convention with 10,887 representing 0.083%; Progressive People’s Party, 6,848 (0.052%), National Democratic Party, 6,612, (0.050%) and taking the last position is Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker, an independent candidate, 9,703 (0.074%).
The Electoral Commission indicated that these results were without those from the Techiman South constituency as they were still being contested. She however maintained, that even if the entire results from the said constituency was added to that of Mr. John Mahama, he would still be behind as far as the percentage margin for winning is concerned.
Controversies prior to the announcement
The NDC had on three occasions claimed victors and cautioned that any attempt by the EC to massage the figures to turn their eventual win into a defeat would come with “serious consequences”. John Mahama who addressed the third press conference on December 8, without mincing words, said the party “would resist any attempt to subvert the will of the people”.
Mr. Mahama motioned and accused the President of resorting to undemocratic means to steal the will of the people.
“Some of what is happening is unacceptable and Nana Akufo-Addo continues to show credentials that are very undemocratic. You cannot use the military to try to overturn some of the results in constituencies that we have won and, so, we would resist any attempt to subvert the sovereign will of the people. The right thing must be done.
“We’ve collated our results and we thank the Ghanaian people for the confidence they have in us and we will give further details later … and our people should remain calm as we wait for the final verdict but we are happy that Ghanaians have voted for change”, he said.
The EC in response however said the process renders results insusceptible to manipulation. At a press briefing same day, Chairperson Jean Mensa having observed the concerns said: “The process that we have is a very transparent and participatory process and I think every interested Ghanaian is aware that at the polling station, we had a political party agent with our officials at the polling station.”
The Chief Executive Officer of the Atta Mills Institute, Koku Anyidoho, who is the immediate former General Secretary of the NDC however seemed to have a view contrary to what his party expressed. In an interview, he described the conduct of this year’s parliamentary and presidential polls as “super, free and fair.”
“The electoral process itself, for me, Jean Mensa and her EC, as we have commended all from the days of Nana Oduro Nimapau to Justice Ofori Boateng to Dr Afari Gyan through Charlotte Osei and now Jean Mensa, as a nation, we must just tap ourselves on the shoulder and say we have progressed since 1992,” he remarked.
“This is the eighth and this year, what Jean Mensa and the EC have done is super. The initial narrative as if to say the BVDs have been programmed to run the election in the direction of one political party is not true. Those BDVs were not programmed to run the election in the direction of one political party, it verifies everybody…” Mr. Anyidoho added.
Early Wednesday, some supporters of the NDC stormed the EC office to demand declaration of results. Some of the supporters who spoke to GhanaWeb claimed they had picked reports a delegation from the National Peace Council had headed to the residence of Mr. Mahama to persuade him to concede defeat.
The action of the supporters elicited a reaction from State security as they stormed the place of convergence.
“The security has done very well. They’ve been very professional,” GhanaWeb’s George Ayisi reported.