EC’s verdict was fraught with fraud -disgruntled NPP supporters charge

Posted: December 11, 2012 in Politics
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Presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo Addo addressing party fateful at the Obra Sport

Presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo Addo addressing party fateful at the Obra Sport

Angry supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) yesterday took to the streets at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra to protest over the verdict of the 2012 polls announced by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan.The supporters numbering thousands share the belief that the December 7 polls was fraught with widespread fraud to favour the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Official results announced by Dr. Afari-Gyan put John Dramani Mahama of the NDC as the winner of the presidential race in the 2012 election.

Mr. Mahama polled 5,574,761 of the total valid votes cast, representing 50.70% to outdo his closest rival, Nana Akufo Addo who polled 5,248,898 votes, representing 47.74%.

However, the NPP insisted the polls were fraught with widespread manipulations to favour the ruling party.

Not enthused with the outcome of the polls, the disgruntled supporters took to the streets at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and subjected innocent persons with NDC paraphernalia on to wanton beatings.

The aggrieved supporters also attacked reporters covering the demonstration exercise in addition to the smashing of vehicles embossed with NDC paraphernalia as they chanted party slogans insisting “we no go gree with the EC’s verdict.”

They accused the EC of conniving with members of the ruling party to rig the elections.

Their actions virtually brought vehicular movement around the area to a standstill.

It took the intervention of the joint police and military team to bring the situation under control.

Nana Akufo Addo moments after the party’s marathon meeting with its national executives proceeded to the demonstration ground and advised the party fateful to remain calm as the party goes to court to challenge the verdict with evidences gathered.

But in a sharp response, a Deputy Minister of Information, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa described Nana Addo’s remarks as double standards, saying “that was subversive.”

According to him, when the NPP supporters trooped to Nana Addo’s Nima residence chanting ‘No Nana Addo, No president’, the NPP flagbearer could not come out to restrain them.

Thousands of NPP supporters converged at the Obra Sport to demonstrate against the verdict of the polls released by Electoral Commission on Sunday December 8,2012

Thousands of NPP supporters converged at the Obra Sport to demonstrate against the verdict of the polls released by Electoral Commission on Sunday December 8,2012

He told Ghanaians in an interview on JoyFM that reports he had received indicated that two supporters of the NDC have lost their lives as a result of the demonstration exercise by the NPP.

He told the host that the government would not sit idle and allow the country to remain lawless.

“The government of John Mahama will not sit down for innocent persons to be attacked by irate supporters of the NPP. The government will take action against anyone who flouts the Public Order Act of the country,” he noted.

The Communications Director of the NPP, Nana Akomea responding to the issue said it will use any legal means at the disposal of the party to challenge the verdict at the Supreme Court.

He condemned the attacks of the party fateful on innocent persons as well as the assault on journalists.

“The party’s action is regrettable and will assuage the losses incurred,” he intoned.

 

 

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