Tue. Mar 9th, 2021

Election 2020 results were collated in accordance with C.I. 127 – Jean Mensa’s witness statement

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Jean Mensa, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana has stated that the results of December 7, 2020, elections were collated in accordance with the Public Elections Regulations, 2020 (C.I. 127).

According to her, after the results were collated, eight agents of the various candidates who contested in the elections and were present at the time of the completion of the form used to declare the results appended their signatures just as the C.I. 127 requires.

Jean Mensa, in a six-page witness statement in response to petitioner John Dramani Mahama, stated further: “A tabulation of all Valid Votes obtained by all 12 Candidates as declared by the [EC] on 9 December 2020 and captured on Form 13 adds up to a total of 13,121,111.”

Jean Mensa insisted that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo obtained 6,730,413 of the valid votes cast while John Dramani Mahama got 6,214,889.

The EC Chairperson then emphasised: “The calculations showed that the 2nd Respondent [ Nana Akufo-Addo] had obtained more than 50% of the valid votes. It was also clear that whatever results were outstanding at the time could not mathematically change the more than 50% of the valid votes as obtained by the 2nd Respondent.”

John Dramani Mahama had argued that the results declared by the EC on December 9, 2020, would have been different if that of the Techiman South Constituency had been added.

But Jean Mensa, who is also the Returning Officer for the election, explained that the outstanding Techiman South Constituency results at the time of declarations, whether included or excluded from the votes obtained by the candidates would not change the outcome of the presidential election.

She indicated that the results have since been released, adding that the results have vindicated the “mathematics based on which the result was declared on 9 December 2020”.

She also stated that her initial declaration of “13,434,574” as the total valid votes was a mistake.

She, however, denied the petitioner’s claims that the Commission padded votes in favour of Nana Akufo-Addo to help him win the 2020 general elections.

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