Government has described calls by the opposition National Democratic Congress on its members to pour out on the streets and jubilate over the results 2020 polls as irresponsible.
Former President Mahama in a terse address Tuesday night said the NDC won the elections and will not allow “anyone to steal the ballot”.
Mr. Mahama also reiterated the party’s claim that they have won the 140 parliamentary seats, a figure which changed to 139 in another press conference less than an hour after the former president’s claim.
The former president then reiterated a claim by the NDC that government is using the military to try to overturn the mandate of the people in favor of the NPP, adding that “we will resist any attempt to steal this election.”
Reacting to the former president’s claim, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the utterances of the former President were unfortunate.
“A claim by Mr Mahama that his party has won parliamentary majority is false. So it is important that this claim is shot down now. The figure the electoral commission is putting out is very clear and we want everyone and the international community to take note of it,” the Ofoase Ayirebi MP said.
He stressed: “It must be said that it is utterly irresponsible for Mr. Mahama to ask his supporters to get out there and jubilate. That is contrary to the Peace Pact that was signed by Presidential candidates before the elections. So his actions go against what he himself signed on to as a candidate”.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said Mr. Mahama is fully aware that asking his followers to hit the streets and rejoice is tantamount to creating needless tension, calculated to twist the arms of the EC or cause set NDC members up to cause violence when they are faced with the facts.
The Information Minister also said it was unfortunate for the former president, who was once the Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces to have dragged the reputation of the military into his political propaganda for doing their simple work to prevent a subversion of the people’s will in parts of the country.
Meanwhile, the NDC also claimed they won majority of seats in parliament and 10 out of 16 regions, so it goes without saying that they had won the election.
But Kojo Oppong Nkrumah reminded Ghanaians that, by law, the presidential elections can only be won by 50% plus one of popular votes and not by the number of regions or parliamentary seats.
He therefore urged Ghanaians to focus on the constitutional processes being followed in the collation and declaration of result, and not be misled by the NDC’s claims.
24hour results declaration promise extended
Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission (EC) has extended its timeline for results declaration for the 2020 presidential polls.
The EC had sent out invitation for the event which was scheduled for 5pm Tuesday in line with its projections before the polls.
However, in a statement, the EC said it was shifting the announcement to a latter period to enable them efficiently collate the results.
The electoral commission last month defended its decision to announce the results of the December 7 presidential elections within 24 hours.
The NDC has kicked against any hasty decision from the EC following its earlier announcement.
But addressing the media, Chairperson for the commission Madam Jean Mensa assured adequate measures have been deployed to ensure timely transmissions of all sixteen regions.
She also noted that the CI 127 governing the elections allows for constituency results to be sent to the regions for subsequent forwarding to the EC head office unlike before when the head office received results directly.
According to her, the EC has the confidence of meeting the said target of calling the elections within twenty-four hours
She quizzed “if you have the results, why sit on it. Why sit on the results when you have the result?” adding that, “we all know that our media houses have in the past been able to present the results within some ten hours of the poll, and so if you put in place systems to ensure that you receive the results on time, why the panic?”.