The Civic Forum Initiative (CFI) has advised former President Mahama to resort to the law court if he really wants the 2020 election results audited.
President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo polled 6,730, 587 which is 51.302% of the total votes cast nationwide on December 7 while National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Presidential candidate John Mahama, polled 6, 182, 889 which gave him 47.359% of the total votes cast.
However, President Mahama and his party-the National Democratic Congress have rejected the 2020 election results ,citing massive rigging on the part of the ruling government with support from the Electoral Commission .
President Mahama has consequently called for an independent audit of the results before he concedes defeat.
speaking at a press conference by IDEG and the CFI Wednesday on “Matters Arising from the 7th December, 2020 General Elections," Chairman of the Civic Forum Initiative, Maj. Gen. Carl Coleman said, the court is the best avenue to demand "auditing of pink sheets".
“If they [NDC] are calling for audit and they are sure that they have their pink sheets as they claim to have, then they should go to the court for the court to give that order for the audit to be performed. We can only advise that this may be an option. I believe that the appropriate forum will be the court.” he advised
The Executive Director, Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey added that the EC should make room to listen to the NDC.
“If the EC would also listen and find a nice way of responding, that would be helpful but we should also entertain the possibility that it might not,” he said.
He advised the NDC to take the matter to court if that room is not created for them.
“What do we do? We’ve also been guided by what happened in 2013 that audit of some of the ballots was authorised by the court and our understanding is that every decision the EC makes is grounded in law and the results are gazetted so it takes the constitutional court to interpret what needs to be done. Otherwise the EC keeps saying I am independent so it is the court that has power and authority.” – Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey added.
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