Sustainable development expert Michael Ebo Amoah has opined that the claims by Campaign Chairman for New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mac Manu that former President John Dramani Mahama did not obtain the total number of votes he was credited with gives credence to the alleged rigged process.
He says there is so much confusion going on with people having the perception that the swearing-in will not even come off as planned.
The whole election has become confusing and the Electoral Commission must be blamed for the confusion, he suggested.
According to him, any election that is challenged legally taints the beauty of the elections and as a developing democracy, going to court over an election should be the last resort.
He believes we should have processes and avenues to give aggrieved parties an opportunity to resolve all differences and disputes in an election and prevent any court action.
He is wondering why the EC has not been able to say anything about the Techiman South parliamentary results despite the allegations of no collation.
Speaking In an interview with Kwabena Agyapong on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said we are going to have interesting days ahead because the political atmosphere has become confusing.
He added there are some persons who are still arguing that the polls were rigged in favour of the government.
Peter Mac Manu after the former president filed his petition said NPP’s legal team, were adequately prepared to prove the party’s assertion.
“We believe, and will prove in Supreme Court that even John Mahama did not receive the number of votes that have been credited to him. We’re going to show that during the course of the trial,” he said.
In his petition to the Supreme Court last week Wednesday, Mr Mahama said, “The claim that percentage of votes obtained by the 2nd Respondent [Nana Akufo-Addo] was 51.595% [6,730,413] of the total valid votes that she distinctly stated to have been 13,434,574 was a manifest error, as votes cast for 2nd Respondent would amount to 50.098% and not the 51.595% erroneously declared.”
He said the 1st Respondent in her December 9 declaration said the NDC candidate obtained 6,214,889 being 47.366% of the valid votes.
“From the total votes cast of 13,434,574, petitioner’s percentages would reduce to 46.260% and not the 47.366% erroneously declared.
“The percentage attribute to all but one of the other candidates by Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa were all incorrect,” he said.
Mr Mahama said the percentage of all the valid votes for the 12 contesting candidates “would yield a total of 100.03%.”
He described the situation as a “mathematical and statistical impossibility, a further proof of the wrongfulness and unconstitutionality of the purported declaration”
Among other things, the petition is on the grounds that “the purported declaration of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election on the 9th day of December 2020 is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”
Reacting to this, the expert and lecturer noted these comments by the NPP leader has given credence to the alleged rigging claims.