“The 2020 elections were one of the worst we have had since 1992” – Mahama
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag bearer for the 2020 elections, John Dramani Mahama, has dealt a blow to the Election Commission of Ghana over the conduct of the last presidential and parliamentary elections.
As part of his âThank Youâ tour in the Central region, Mahama said the whole electoral process was ânot clean, not transparent and not fairâ.
He insisted in an interview with Cape FM on Friday, October 15, 2021, that a lot went wrong during the election, yet the Supreme Court refused to give the NDC the necessary attention.
âWe have seen cases of fake ballots and other irregularities unprecedented in the history of the Ghana elections.
âIt’s one of the worst we’ve had since 1992. The Election Commission has its role to play and the political parties have theirs; you have to trust that the EC will assume its responsibilities so that nobody cheats in the elections, but that is what happened in the 2020 elections, âsaid Mahama.
The former president expressed doubts about the Supreme Court’s ruling, saying it appears the court has a predetermined verdict on the petition.
âThe manner in which the judgment of the election petition was determined was inconsistent with the rights and freedoms of Ghana’s constitution, as it appears that the Supreme Court has already rendered a predetermined verdict. “
“In an election which for the first time eight people were killed how can we say it was the most peaceful, an election where for the first time EC ballots were leaked with some spotted in cars and bushes? So if I score this election, I’ll give it an F, âhe said.
Meanwhile, he accused the current government of not having deliberately implemented the Komenda Sugar Factor.
The $ 35 million plant, built from a facility of India’s EXIM bank, has not been in operation since it went into operation in 2016.
The factory was redeveloped to revive local sugar production, thus reducing the importation of the merchandise.
The factory failed to produce sugar and is currently rusting.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) said John Mahama did not make arrangements for the supply of raw materials before proceeding with the establishment of the factory.