The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has welcomed calls by the Electoral Commission urging the police to investigate claims by former president John Dramani Mahama that the 2020 elections was fraudulent.
Addressing the press, Deputy EC Chairperson Dr Bossman Asare said Mr Mahama’s claims of ballot stuffing are blatantly false and can undermine the democratic process.
He noted that allegations of ballot stuffing can undermine the credibility of the electoral process and thus should not be ignored.
“The former President has said the EC thumb printed 1million ballots in favour of the president. This is untrue.
“We call on the Former President in the interest of our democracy to provide evidence of the stuffing of the ballot boxes by the EC. This is not a matter to be ignored and we call on the Ghana Police Service to investigate this,” Deputy EC Chairperson Dr Bossman Asare said.
In a latest statement reacting to the EC’s call, the National Communications Bureau of the NDC says it has all this while been yearning for transparent investigations into Mr Mahama’s allegations.
“The NDC welcomes and accepts the call by the Electoral Commission for transparent investigations into allegations of electoral fraud made by H.E John Dramani Mahama relative to the conduct of the 2020 general elections. This is what we have been yearning for, and we are happy that after trying to avoid accountability by refusing to answer interrogatories and testify in the witness box, the Jean Mensah-led EC has at long last, accepted our challenge,” the statement said.
Despite the EC refuting the claims by Mr Mahama, the NDC say they have incontrovertible evidence and facts to back the claims by their flagbearer.
“We wish to state unequivocally that all the issues raised by our flag-bearer are supported by incontrovertible evidence and facts. We are ever-ready to avail ourselves to prove same before any credible forum.
“The deliberate printing of excess ballot papers by the Jean Mensah/Bossman Asare-led EC, some of which were authenticated with the official validation stamp of the EC and thumb-printed for candidate Akufo-Addo for purposes of ballot stuffing; and the use of some of our State Security Agencies to forcefully manipulate the election outcome in favor of the ruling NPP which led to the killing of eight (innocent Ghanaians, have cast an indelible slur on our enviable democratic credentials and totally eroded the credibility and integrity of our once revered Electoral Commission,” the statement added.
According to the NDC, these allegations poses grave danger to Ghana’s democracy hence the need for an independent investigation into the conduct of the 2020 general elections.