Illiterate polling agents NDC deployed caused me the 2020 presidential seat— Mahama takes U-turn on election rigging
The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has revealed that the party lost the 2020 presidential election due to the deployment of illiterate agents at some polling stations.
According to him, the unskilled polling agents which the party discovered through a regional report submitted by the regional chairmen to the executives saw that their shoddy work negatively affected the party’s chances in winning the 2020 polls.
Former President Mahama made the revelation at the annual conference of the NDC’s Professionals Forum in Accra on Thursday.
“Every region was asked to account for its performance in the 2020 elections. They came with reports and there was one region that stated that ‘some of our party agents were illiterate, they could not read or write.
“So it is obvious that they themselves have started doing a review of what went right or what went wrong. What they did well, leading to a positive outcome and what they could have done better,” he said.
Former President Mahama used the opportunity to charged the NDC professionals to vie for the position of electoral officers during elections.
The move, he believes, would serve the interest of the party and would clear any election dispute.
“If you have the qualification to be presiding officer or other electoral officer apply for it. Our opponent has taken advantage of it, so you find that when the EC advertises, many of their people apply and you know what kind of advantages that can give them.
“And so we need to get more of our members including our student movement to get involved in becoming party agents at polling stations,” he added.