The Electoral Commission (EC) has reiterated its resolve to conduct a free, fair, credible, transparent and peaceful elections in December.
The EC has, thus, entreated Ghanaians to disregard any allegations of rigging and assertions of a flawed electoral process by any individual or section of society.
The flagbearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama, addressing party supporters recently at Abura, Cape Coast, during his tour of the Central Region, said everything the EC is doing points to an eventual flawed 2020 polls, the results of which, he reiterated, will not be accepted by the NDC.
Mr Mahama said the NDC’s qualms about the electoral process should not be interpreted as stirring up trouble.
“We’re not troublemakers. We’re not troublemakers. We, NDC party, want peace. We want to make sure that all of us believe in this election, so that if you win or lose, you’re prepared to accept it”, Mr Mahama said.
“But when we say it, they think that we are just causing trouble. But this can lead this nation to chaos because I’ve said it that this occasion, December 7th, if this election is flawed, we will not accept it. We will not accept it. Who accepts a flawed election? Nobody”, Mr Mahama insisted.
He observed that: “… Everything the Electoral Commission is doing is showing that we are heading to a flawed election”.
But speaking at a press conference in Accra on Monday, 19 October 2020, the Chairperson of the election management body, Jean Mensa, noted that the EC has been transparent in the electoral process and can, therefore, not rig the election.
She said: “As we have emphasised time and time again, the Commission remains committed to conducting free, fair, credible, transparent and peaceful election.
“We entreat you our dear citizens to disregard any allegations of rigging and assertions of a flawed electoral process and election by any individual or section of society.
“The transparency of our processes should give confidence to the citizenry that the Electoral Commission cannot rig an election.”
Mrs. Mensah called on all political parties and stakeholders who have genuine concerns to raise them in the full glare of the public.
“Once we are informed about the weaknesses and gaps in the process outlined, we will take immediate steps to address and close all the gaps and report same to the public in a transparent, open and accountable manner,” she stated.
Until then, the EC boss reiterated “we entreat the naysayers to cease their onslaught of trying to discredit a thorough and credible process and a commission which has been open and transparent in all its dealings.”