Mahama to EC chair: 2020 election worst in Ghana’s history

The chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, on Wednesday described Ghana’s last general elections in 2020 as “historic” saying it has become a case study in the world

John Dramani Mahama, the former president, has described the 2020 elections as one of the worst in the history of Ghana’s democracy.

The EC chairperson Jean Mensa on Wednesday told the ECOWAS Parliament at Winneba that the polls was rather “historic” saying it has become a case study for most advanced democracies in the world.

However, speaking in an interview as part of his “thank you” tour of the Western Region, Mahama said: “2020 election is one of the worst elections organised since 1992.”

“Tell me which election in Ghana was ballot papers printed yet one million ballot papers were found elsewhere… We didn’t witness this under Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan. She [Jean Mensa] knew there was ballot stuffing.”

On the election-related violence that claimed some lives, Mensa said the EC cannot be blamed because they happened outside its polling stations.

“Sadly, seven lives were lost and though this did not occur at our polling nor arise as misconduct on our part, one life lost is one too many. We are confident that our security agencies will share their investigations and recommendations for future learnings,” she said.

On his part, the 2020 presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said: “I have taken part in elections since 1992 as an MP. I haven’t seen a situation where soldiers were holding guns at collation centres. We normally have police, immigration officers etc there.”

He added: “Eight people have died, which election did we have in Ghana that eight people perished?”

Fred Dzakpata

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