Feature News: Ghana Opposition Leader John Mahama Rejects ‘Fictionalized’ Election Results
Former Ghana president and now the leader of the biggest opposition party in the country, John Dramani Mahama, has flat out rejected the results of the December 7 presidential and parliamentary election as declared by the country’s electoral commissioner.
“I am unwilling to accept the fictionalized results of this election,” Mahama told a packed national party office in a speech televised live and broadcast on social media as well.
Mahama also accused his country’s electoral commissioner, Jean Mensa, of conniving with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and President Nana Akufo-Addo to “steal the election”.
“It is now obvious the Electoral Commission has been used to subvert the will of the people. The EC has never brought its credibility to this historic low in our nation’s history,” the former president added.
Mahama is also contesting the results of parliamentary elections that would almost certainly give the NPP the edge over his National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“We would not accept anything short of the declaration of the legitimate winner of the elections which points to an NDC parliamentary majority,” he said to loud cheers, adding that his party is prepared to make its way to Ghana’s courts to challenge the results.
It would not be the first time Ghana’s elections have been challenged in the Supreme Court. In 2012, Akufo-Addo mounted a legal refutation of the results that put Mahama into the presidency.