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‘Let no one assume NDC will accept flawed election results’ – John Mahama

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‘Let no one assume NDC will accept flawed election results’ – John Mahama

Let no one assume NDC will accept flawed election results: The 2020 NDC flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, has warned the party may reject the 2020 election results if it is flawed.

Mr. Mahama served the notice after a new electoral regulation, excluding the old voter ID cards, came into force Tuesday.

The Constitutional Instrument 261, laid before parliament, matured after 21 days and is now regulation.

The exclusion means that during the new voter registration exercise, a person would have to prove his Ghanaian citizenship using a less popular ID, passport; or the new Ghana card, which is yet to be issued out nationwide.

Otherwise, a person would need two Ghanaians to vouch for their citizenship, the EC new regulations say.

But for months, the main opposition NDC has been condemning the new proof of citizenship regulation. After several demonstrations, the NDC has gone to court to challenge the Electoral Commission’s decision.

Reacting to the new regulation for the 2020 voter registration exercise, the NDC Presidential candidate, John Mahama, expressed disappointment in the Electoral Commission’s decision.

“Let nobody attempt to disenfranchise any of our ethnic groups on the basis of citizenship because we are a diverse nation but we are united in our diversity” he stressed the NDC’s concern.

The NDC had raised alarms in the recent past that millions of people in its strongholds could be disenfranchised by the EC’s decision.

On  Tuesday, a group of more than 100 lecturers, some with NDC ties, also warned that the EC’s decision could deny more than nine million people the right to vote.

He said a future NDC government will end the recurring need to compile new voters register at the pleasure of the Electoral Commission.

“We will invest all resources to ensure we don’t need to compile a fresh register”, he said.

The former President backed the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu’s, vow to ensure that any eligible voter would be empowered to get a card at any time.

John Mahama then charged the party’s grassroots to be vigilant during the 2020 polls in December and to “police the poll right from the point of voting”.

“No ballot box will go out of our sight” he charged.

Mahama also assured Ghanaians that as an opposition party, “we shall do all our best to ensure the elections will remain peaceful.”

He expressed confidence that the NDC is bound to win the 2020 general elections and form the next government.

“If the election is free and fair, there can be no outcome other than the NDC emerging victorious in this elections”, he said.

Mahama explained that the NDC has a track record of accepting credible election results since it was established in 1992. The NDC has lost three elections in 2000, 2004, and 2016 and won in 1992, 2008, and 2012.

“But there is a big but,” he said and served notice that the posture of the party in accepting election results should not be taken for granted.

“Let nobody assume that we will accept the results of flawed elections,” he said.

Mahama’s comment is expected to revive the controversy surrounding the 2012 presidential elections which the NPP, then in opposition, rejected.

The incumbent president John Mahama was declared the winner of the presidential contest with 50.7% of the vote, just a few thousand votes over the threshold for avoiding a run-off election. Nana Akufo-Addo received 47.74%.

“The position of the National Executive Council of the NPP is that we refuse to accept the results,” he said on December 12, 2012.

Speaking to a large crowd of NPP supporters at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, the NPP Flag Bearer said “we would contest the results at the Supreme court.

The NPP did go ahead with a legal challenge and a nine-month election petition hearing ended with the Supreme Court backing the eventual winner, John Dramani Mahama.

John Mahama’s comment insisting the NDC would be the eventual winner of free and fair elections is likely to court controversy.

It is rhetoric often used by parties in opposition.

In December 2010, NPP flagbearer for the 2012 presidential elections, Nana Akufo-Addo said “we have to win that battle. The welfare of our nation demands. We dare not contemplate any other outcome.”

A year later, in November 2011, Akufo-Addo addressing students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) branch of the NPP said;

“The world was never built by people of little vision and little imagination, the world belongs to those who can think big, act big and do big things and for that to happen the only political force in our country that can bring about this transformation and change is the New Patriotic Party. There is no other party that can do it. At all costs, we should win the election of 2012.”

Ghana operates a winner-takes-all political system that has been criticized as fueling electoral tension. A presidential candidate has to gain a 50% plus 1 vote to be declared the winner.

It gives the loser with nothing while the winning party shares of spoils of victory among themselves.

 


–: theghanareport.com 

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Keep your receipts because I’ll audit COVID-19 Funds – Mahama to Akufo-Addo

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Keep your receipts because I’ll audit COVID-19 Funds – Mahama

Keep your receipts because I’ll audit COVID-19 Funds – Mahama to Akufo-Addo

Mr. John Dramani Mahama has indicated he will audit the COVID-19 fund that has been created to finance activities relating to the fight against the pandemic.

He cautioned all persons who use the funds to keep their receipts because “the day of accountability will come”.

The government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo created the COVID-19 Trust Fund to solicit funds from the general public to help fight the pandemic.

The Fund, according to President Akufo-Addo has accrued GH₵8,750,000.

“I’m very grateful to individuals and institutions who have responded to my appeal for donations to be made into the COVID-19 National Trust Fund. A total amount of some 8,750,000 cedis which includes 600,000USD has been received.

“I’m happy that so many appointees of my government have also followed my example by donating their salaries to the fund,” President Akufo-Addo said.

But in a Facebook Live presentation on Thursday April 23, Mr Mahama called on Ghanaians to demand accountability in the disbursement of the Funds.

“I don’t think I need to become President before we demand accountability. All those spending the COVID-19 money should be keeping the receipts because the day of accountability is fast approaching,” he said.

He added: “Let us all join hands in demanding accountability and transparency from the government in the management of the COVID-19 funds, after all these are public funds contributed by tax payers.

“I am passionately appealing to the government to ensure a timely release of these funds to the institutions, health and non-heath, so that they can discharge their duties appropriately and according to plan.”

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Read FULL JUDGEMENT of the 2020 election petition

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Read FULL JUDGEMENT of the 2020 election petition

Read FULL JUDGEMENT of the 2020 election petition

The Supreme Court, by a unanimous decision, has affirmed the victory of President Akufo-Addo in the 2020 presidential election.

“The petitioner has not produced any evidence to rebut the presumptions created by the publication of CI 135 for which his action has failed. We have, therefore, no reason to order for a rerun … we accordingly dismiss the petition as having no merit,” Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah ruled.

With this unanimous, seven-member decision, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition.

The court determined that the petitioner had based his case on an error made by the chair of the Electoral Commission during the declaration of the election result on 9 December 2020, but that the error could not void the will of the people in electing a president.

The Supreme Court also held that the error made by the EC in using total votes cast as the basis for reckoning the total valid votes during the declaration was corrected, and that the correction was made in accordance with the law.

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Tell us how you bought those two V8 Land Cruisers – Asawaase NDC youth pour their anger on Sammy Gyamfi

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Tell us how you bought those two V8 Land Cruisers - Asawaase NDC youth pour their anger on Sammy Gyamfi

The youth of the opposition National Democratic Congress in Asawaase constituency in the Kumasi Metropolis have written a cold catching open letter to the party’s national communication officer Mr. Sammy Gyamfi for attacking the honorable Speaker of parliament Mr. Alban Bagbin, Hon. Muntaka Mubarak, and Hon. Haruna Iddrisu after parliament approved three NPP ministerial nominees which included Hon. Kwadwo oppong Nkrumah, Dr, Owusu Akoto Osei, and Hon. Hawa Koomson who were disapproved at the appointments committee level.

After the speaker of parliament delivered the results of the voting to the plenary which outrightly favored these contentious ministerial appointees, the party’s national communication officer took to his Facebook wall to denigrate the integrity of the party’s leadership in the parliament. He wrote on his Facebook wall;

Comrades, the betrayal we have suffered in the hands of the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin, the leadership of our Parliamentary group, particularly Hon. Haruna Iddrissu and Hon. Muntaka Mubarak, and dozens of our own MPs, is what strengthens me to work hard for the great NDC to regain power.
They brazenly defied the leadership of the party and betrayed the collective good for their selfish interest. And we, must not let them succeed in their parochial quest to destroy the NDC, the party that has done so much for them and all of us. The shame they have brought on the party will forever hang like an albatross around their necks.

These are hard times for all of us but we should not let the betrayal of a few quench our love for the great NDC.

Rather, let it strengthen us to fight for this party. We all have an equal stake in this party. They are few, we are many. Some have sold their conscience but ours is intact.

And we, can work together to rebuild the party from the ashes of 3rd March, 2021, which I call “Black Wednesday ”- Our day of self-inflicted shame.

This is the time for us to insist on the right changes in the leadership of the NDC group in Parliament or forget about them completely. The current leadership have lost their moral authority to lead and are not fit to sit on the front bench of the NDC side of the house.

More importantly, it’s about time we understood, that we don’t have any NDC Speaker of Parliament. No we don’t! We have a Speaker who rode on the back of the NDC into Office to pursue his own parochial agenda and nothing more. You trust them, at your own peril.

The hypocrites can choose to remain quiet or even condemn us for speaking up, so they can remain in the good books of the renegades. But I and all who are pained by this act of betrayal will not keep quiet, because we don’t fear anyone and don’t wish to be in their good books. If they can defy the party leadership and interest openly and subject all of us to public ridicule, then they can and must also be called out openly. The NDC party is supreme and it must be cleansed.

Speak up, we can and must! And let nobody stand in our way. But, when all is said and done, let’s work for the NDC with all our might and strength. Quench not your love for the party. Hope must not die. This storm shall pass. The NDC will survive and shall bounce back stronger for victory. So I say to you, be strong!

*Sammy Gyamfi Esq.*

In replying to Mr. Gyamfi’s fierce comment, the party’s youth in the Asawaase constituency led by the constituency’s Director of Communication have written to Sammy Gyamfi asking 3 critical questions that bother on his integrity. They wrote;

Comrades, the so called statement of betrayal by Sammy Gyamfi has come to our notice.

If one is to talk about betrayal, it is the leadership of the NDC party in which Sammy Gyamfi is part that has betrayed us. It is the leadership of the party that is not being truthful to us and betraying us, not our hard working MPs.

The leadership of the party held meeting with the leadership of the MPs caucus, they presented all their challenges in parliament as far as this voting of nominees are concern, as a vibrant communication officer as you claim you are, wouldn’t it have been prudent enough for you to make us aware of the reality on the ground than trying to incite us against our MPs?

So if you have failed to assume your responsibility as per your rules of engagement please accept it for us to move on. Come to think of it, you can’t be more Catholic than the Pope.

You can’t be more NDC than The speaker of parliament, Hon. Muntaka Mubarak, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu and other hard working NDC MPs.

As you are touting yourself with integrity than these hard working NDC MPs with rich experience in which you yourself know is not true and can’t be true with unsubstantiated allegation.

We would like to caution you to desist from this undeserving misconduct of a national officer of our great party, more importantly, the barrage of attacks on our hard working Member of Parliament, Hon. Muntaka Mubarak and his colleagues.

Mr. Sammy Gyamfi if you live in a glass house don’t throw stones and if you can’t take blow please don’t throw blows, let us have some integrity test for us to see if you will indeed pass this test for “he who comes to equity must come with clean hands”;

1. Can you tell us with all honesty a company or an institution in Ghana that you have worked with before possessing all that you have today and at what salary base Mr. Integrity?

2. What do you do for a living now to lead the kind of life that you are having?

3. You have two (2) V8 Toyota Land Cruisers; can you tell us how you bought those cars and for how many years of service to a company or an institution if any?

Just to mention a few.

Sammy Gyamfi enough of your baseless and misplaced outburst, if there are people who have contributed immensely to our failure as a party in election 2020 which subsequently left us with bruises, then there is no other people than the people of which you are part of.

Instead of you to concentrate on reorganizing the party, you are rather blowing the trumpet of divisions and attacks on our own. If other constituencies will allow you to do that, please we at Asawase Constituency will not allow you! Not at all! You can’t sit somewhere and mislead us.

It won’t happen! So trek with caution.

Signed
Director of Communication Asawase Constituency

Meanwhile, honorable Muntaka on his radio station in Kumasi Zuria FM has warned Sammy Gyamfi not to enter his territory with his crass arrogance and disrespect.

However, we are yet to witness any reactions from the speaker as well as hon. Haruna.

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