Seeking for second election is not stemmed from desire for power--- Mahama

Seeking for second election is not stemmed from desire for power— Mahama

Seeking for second election is not stemmed from desire for power— Mahama

Seeking for second election is not stemmed from desire for power— Mahama

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Mahama, says his petition to the Supreme Court is not borne from his desire for power but a desire to beautify the democracy of the country.

According to him, the elections result which was declared by the electoral commission (EC) did not reflect the actual results, hence needs runoff.

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In an address after filing his petition earlier on Wednesday, he said his motivations were no different from the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who challenged the election results in 2012 after a defeat.

“Understand that it is not because of a desire for power but because of a dedication to principle and a commitment to democracy.”

“I want the removal of doubt. I want for all of us to know that our elections should be free fair and safe and that we do not have to settle for a process that leaves us confused and with more questions than answers,” Mr Mahama said.

He indicated that in pursuit of democratic principles, surrender was not an option and would pursue the issue to the right thing is done.

“Whenever we decide to take the easiest road, the first step is always surrender and often the thing that we lose is the very thing that we value the most.”

“I want Ghana where state can be held to account, where we can stand on principle and demand transparency without the risk of losing our lives,” Former President Mahama added.

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President Akufo-Addo won the election with 51.302 per cent of the votes while Mr Mahama followed with 47.7 per cent of the valid votes cast.

However, the NDC refused to accept the results and claimed the EC’s Verdict was a stolen verdict and flawed.

Mr Mahama’s grievances hinge on the conduct of the polls in the Techiman South Constituency.

The EC declared the winner of the presidential election when the Techiman South Constituency results were pending.

But Mr Mahama in his petition argued that if all the votes of Techiman South Constituency were added to his votes, President Akufo-Addo’s votes would remain at 6,730,413, now yielding 49.625 percent of the votes, while his would increase to 6,342,907, now yielding 46.768 percent.

The petition seeks among others, a declaration from the Supreme Court to the effect that, “the purported declaration of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election on the 9th day of December 2020 is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”

Mr Mahama has also asked the Supreme Court to compel the Electoral Commission to conduct a second election with just him and the incumbent as candidates.


Written by Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

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