The General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has chastised the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for attempting to put pressure on the Electoral Commission (EC) to declare the results of the presidential polls before the stipulated and agreed period.
Addressing a news conference in Accra, in the wake of the opposition’s call for early declaration of the outcome, Mr. Nketia said the NPP’s action was contrary to an agreement reached by stakeholders of the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).
He said as part of the December 7 poll reforms, all the political parties agreed that results recorded at the various polling stations would be transmitted to the EC electronically as well as manually to ensure all parties were satisfied accordingly.
He noted that for the EC to be able to fully collate and declare only true and certified figures, IPAC also agreed upon the declaration of results within a 72-hour period after the close of polls.
Mr. Nketia reaffirmed the party’s commitment to observe all laid-down agreements regarding the electoral process to ensure a peaceful and democratic exercise.
“We, in the NDC, remain committed to all agreements relating to the collation and declaration of results,” he said.
The General Secretary, however, expressed optimism about the re-election of President John Mahama into office after the declaration of the presidential election results.
“From the results collated so far, NDC is cruising to victory. We are, however, unable to mention results due to our commitment to the laid down processes of the exercise,” he stated.
He urged the supporters to remain confident because “if the trend we have observed continue, it’s likely John Mahama will remain in office for the next four years”.
By Claude Nyarko Adams