Supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and some executives of the party on Tuesday December 22, 2020, took to the streets of Buipe in the Savannah Region to protest against the 2020 Presidential elections results which the EC declared Nana Akufo Addo as president elect.
The supporters claimed the EC has massaged figures in favour of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and have demanded that the EC declare the right result.
Cladded in red and black attire, the supporters carried placards with inscriptions, “ The stolen verdict, No Mahama, No President” among others and marched through the principal streets in Buipe.
“We NDC members want the EC to do the right by declaring the right Presidential results because it has never happened in Ghana where Presidential results are pre- recorded by the EC except for Jean Mensah led administration,” said the Savannah Regional Chairman, Alhaji Seidu Imoro.
He added that if the EC doesn’t want Ghana to be like Sierra Leone, then the right thing must be done as he threatened that worst of demonstrations are yet to be seen by Ghanaians.
According to him if the EC doesn’t correct the anomalies, they (NDC) will swear in John Mahama, their Presidential candidate as the president of Ghana come January 7, 2021.
He called on the peace council and other organizations to engage the EC to ensure that the right thing is done as they will resist any attempts to subvert the will of the people.
Another die heart supporter of the party, Jebuni Atta, from Sawla in the Sawla-Tuna- Kalba district indicated that the elections were flawed and hence the NDC will not accept it until the right Presidential results are declared by the EC.
According to him, there will no be peace unless Justice is served them by the EC as he he urges the peace council to step in to resolve the impasse between the EC and the NDC.
DCOP Ebenezer Larbi, speaking to the media after the protest siad it was peaceful as no incident of violence was recorded an urged the general public to always give a prior notification to the police if they intend holding such protest in accordance with the Public Order Act, 1994 (Act 491).
The Public Order Act places an obligation on persons who desire to hold demonstrations or special events to give notice to the Police of such intention in a period of not less than five days before the date of the event.
It also obliges participants to obey the directions of police officers safeguarding the proper movement of other persons and vehicles and generally maintaining order.
The EC declared President Akufo-Addo as the winner of the December 7 polls on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, despite concerns raised by the opposition NDC.
Mr. John Mahama subsequently declared the party’s unwillingness to accept the outcome of the just ended general elections.
Describing the outcome as the a ” stolen verdict,” Mr. Mahama at a press conference on Thursday, December 10, 2020, said the party will audit the outcomes of the poll to inform its next step.