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Govt worried about NDC’s ‘dog whistles’ post-election concerns – Hadzide

A Deputy Minister for Information, Pius Enam Hadzide says the government is worried about the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) handling of issues after the 2020 polls.

The Electoral Commission (EC) announced President Akufo-Addo as the rightful winner of the December 7 polls on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, despite concerns raised by the opposition NDC.

President Akufo-Addo won 6,730,587 (51.302%) of the total votes.

Mr. Mahama came second with 6,213,182 votes representing 47.359%

But the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the opposition NDC John Dramani Mahama, has strongly expressed the party’s unwillingness to accept the outcome of the just ended general elections.

Describing the outcome as the “real stolen verdict,” Mr. Mahama at a press conference on Thursday, December 10, 2020, said the party will audit the outcomes of the poll to inform its next step.

Responding to this on the Big Issue on Citi TV, Mr. Hadzide said, “I have followed the narrative of the NDC, even through the period Mr. Mahama sought to undermine the results of the elections. The basis of the party does not hold water.”

‘Mr. Mahama said that they are yet to audit the results. This means that he made such a grievous statement without facts but sheer emotions,” he added.

He was quick to add that government “will not stop anybody from taking whatever legitimate steps they intend to take. It’s just that we feel that they have not even convinced themselves of a legitimate case.”

The Deputy Minister of Information further indicated the government’s position on the NDC’s response to the outcome of the 2020 polls.

“The government is worried about what appears to be ‘dog whistles’ of asking people to go to collation centres and declarations by self-acclaimed President and Members of Parliament- elect. Every position that has the potential of introducing chaos will get the government worried. These have the capacity to degenerate into chaos and confusion.”

I’m unwilling to accept ‘fictionalised’ election outcome – Mahama
John Mahama, has refused to accept President Akufo-Addo’s election victory.

He described the election results announced by the EC as “fictionalised.”

Mr. Mahama insists that his party emerged victorious in the polls after winning nine regions and “no amount of trickery, sleight of hand and obfuscation will erase that reality.”

The NDC has long questioned the credibility of the Electoral Commission and its Chairperson Jean Mensa and Mr. Mahama said the electoral process justified their fears.

“It is now obvious to many objective minds that the Commission and its Chairperson have been used to manipulate results from the various constituencies and in that process seek to subvert the sovereign will of the Ghanaian people.”

The NDC flagbearer also said that the NDC had won the Majority in Parliament though the EC’s figures show the New Patriotic Party leading with 137 MP elects to the NDC’s 136, with one constituency outstanding.


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