Former president and 2020 National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, has warned the party may reject election results if it has difficulties in the results.
Mr. Mahama was responding to a decision of the Electoral Commission to exclude the old voter’s ID cards as proof of citizenship, as it prepares to compile a new register for the 2020 polls. He said the NDC’s main concern was that there was a high possibility that the new regulation could disenfranchise some Ghanaians.
He said; “Let nobody attempt to disenfranchise any of our ethnic groups on the basis of citizenship because we are a diverse national but we are united in our diversity.”
He again reteriated that when the NDC government is voted into power in Decemeber 7th, 2020 by Ghanaians , he will end the recurring need to compile new voter’s 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 added.
The NDC had raised alarms for months that millions of people in its strongholds could be disenfranchised by the EC’s decision to compile a new voters ID without taking the old voters ID as one of the requirements.
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.
John Mahama 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”. Mahama also assured Ghanaians that as an opposition party they are doing everything possible to ensure the elections will remain peaceful.”
He expressed confidence that if the elections were free and fair, the outcome would favour the NDC and concluded by saying that, “Let nobody assume that we will accept the results of flawed elections,” he said.