We won't accept 'flawed' Dec 7 results – Mahama forewarns

Former President John Dramani Mahama says from all indications the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) has set out to organise a flawed election on Monday, December 7. "Who accepts a flawed election? Nobody. And everything the Electoral Commission is doing is showing that we are heading to a flawed election," he observed. Addressing supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Abura on Thursday as part of his five-day campaign tour of the Central Region, Mr Mahama "we are not trouble makers" but the EC appears to be pushing them beyond their limit of forebearance. "We want to make sure that all of us believe in this elections so that if you win or lose, you are prepared to accept. "But when we complain, they think that we are just causing trouble. This can lead this nation to chaos because I said it, on December 7 when this election is flawed, we will not accept it." He cited how the new voter roll is supposed to eliminate manual verification but indications are that the December 7 elections will have more manual verification of voters than any elections. "And when we talk everybody is quiet, and if something untoward happens, then they will say it is this person's fault but we have given enough warning signal that the Electoral Commission is creating problems," he indicated. He said the EC now treats the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) as an enemy instead of seeing it as a partner for the conduct of  free and fair elections. The NDC leader said Ghana is a peaceful country and his party, as a peaceful party, will not do anything to upset the democracy of Ghana "but there is a limit to how far you can push a person and I am saying we will not accept a flawed election". Mr Mahama therefore urged civil society organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders to be interested in demanding a free and fair electoral process ahead of the December 7 elections. He also repeated his earlier call for international observers to com into the country way ahead of time to join domestic observers to observe  the process. Mr Mahama charged NDC activists, supporters and footsoldiers to police the ballot box at their various poling stations to ensure that the process is not disrupted on election day, and defend their votes to make sure every single one counts.

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Source: 3news.com|Ghana]]>