The opposition New Patriotic Party says it is in commanding lead in the 2016 presidential elections and per the results received by the party, there is no way President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress could be re-elected.
The campaign coordinator of the NPP, Peter Mac Manu told a press conference at about 1:45am Thursday that the party’s flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo is comfortably leading by 54.91% of results from about 23,000 polling stations.
The total polling stations per the Electoral Commission is 28,992
He indicated that Akufo-Addo obtained 4676,998 votes from the about 23,000 polling stations with President Mahama trailing with 3644724 votes.
“This is the time that we call on our opponent (President Mahama) to concede,” Peter MacManu demanded.
Though the governing National Democratic Congress campaign team issued statement indicating that they are winning, the statement did not give figures.
Meanwhile, the National Peace Council has condemned the parties declaring results ahead of the Electoral Commission.
“It is premature for any party to call the elections, though they have right to talk about provisional results, it is only the Electoral Commission that has the constitutional mandate to come out to declare the elections,” Chairman of the Council, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante told TV3.
He said calling the results would be a recipe for disaster that can disturb the peace of the country.
The Electoral Commission’s Director of Elections said the commission has “not received any results” yet, adding that they are not interested in “achieving speed at the expense of accuracy”.
It has therefore asked all political parties to refrain from usurping the powers of the commission to declare results.
By Isaac Essel| 3news.com | Ghana