Former President John Dramani Mahama has noted that the 2016 general elections were fraught with irregularities.
Mr. Mahama conceded defeat in 2016 and congratulated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who was then candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Reacting to the elections in an interview with GBC’s Abdul Momeen, Mr. Mahama said although the NDC lost and he [Mahama] conceded, there were irregularities and he could have gone round to gather examples like over voting and challenged the results.
He said the NDC accepted the results because we believe in democracy, unlike the NPP that would have challenged the results.
“It is not as if there were no irregularities. I could have gone round and gathered all kinds of examples of over-voting and tie the nation in court again. But I do think that the NDC is playing the game democratically,” he said.
“The NPP are the ones that often will never accept when they have lost an election. But be that as it may, I say Ghana has earned accolade ‘beacon of democracy’ because the elections have been largely successful.
Nana Akufo-Addo secured 5,716,609 votes, representing 53.84 per cent, to snatch the presidency from the incumbent, President John Dramani Mahama, who secured 4,713,277 votes, representing 44.40 per cent in the general election held last December.
Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) won 25,395 votes, representing 0.24 per cent, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) won 105,682, representing 1.0 per cent, while Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings obtained 16, 878, constituting 0.16 per cent.
Dr Edward Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC), had 22,214 votes, constituting 0.21 per cent, while Jacob Osei Yeboah, an independent candidate, polled 15,889 votes, representing 0.15 per cent.
The total number on the voters register for the December 7 general election was 15,712,499. Out of this number, 10,781,609 voters exercised their franchise at 28,992 polling stations in 275 constituencies.
However, the total valid votes cast was 10,615,361, representing 68.62 per cent, while 166,248 ballots were rejected.