I’m not interested in crooked results; Akufo-Addo tells EC
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has told the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Madam Jean Mensa, that he does not want to win the elections on skewed results.
The President, on the contrary, is looking forward to an outcome that would be a fair representation of the choice of the Ghanaian people.
“I am not interested in any crooked results, and I do not want to be a President elected by deceit. I look forward to a contest that would be fairly conducted, so that if, indeed, by the grace of God Almighty that I am again the choice of the Ghanaian people, it will be one that would be freely and openly demonstrated,” he stated.
Yesterday, President Akufo-Addo was at the headquarters of the EC, Accra, to file his nomination to contest this year’s presidential election, obliviously on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He was accompanied by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, Madam Frema Osei-Opare, the NPP National Chairman, Mr Freddie Blay, General Secretary John Boadu, and Campaign Manager Peter Mac-Manu.
The President handed his nomination form, a filing fee of GH¢100,000 and other relevant requirements to the Returning Officer of the December 7 presidential poll, the EC Chairperson, Mrs Jean Mensa.
In a brief remark shortly after handing over his forms, President Akufo-Addo reminded the EC that Ghanaians were counting on them to be the arbiter that holds the scales evenly to all contestants.
He, therefore, told the EC to allow Ghanaians to decide who to lead them for the next four years.
The President also told the EC Chair that she was only a referee, and her mandate was to ensure the election was free, fair, and transparent, by giving equal opportunities to all candidates and their parties.
“We are counting on you to be the arbiter that holds the scales evenly to all contestants. What the Ghanaian people are expecting is that the election on December 7 will be an election conducted in peace, freedom and security, and in transparency, so that the results of the elections will reflect the will of the Ghanaian people.
“Elections are not meant to be decided by the EC or the officials that work here…you are the referees of the contest. Elections are to be decided by the people of Ghana, and we are hoping that the arrangements that you have put in place will enable the Ghanaian people to manifest their will on December 7 and choose the next government of the 4th Republic,” he said.
Opening his remarks, President Akufo-Addo thanked the Commission for the expeditious process that he was subjected to, stressing that the NPP’s democratic values were non-negotiable.
He noted that Ghana’s democratic governance resonated “to the deep values of the NPP,” and added that the steps taken so far by the Commission were important for democratic governance.
President Akufo-Addo was happy that the work so far done by the Commission had given him and the majority of Ghanaians “considerable confidence that the new leadership of the EC was competent and committed to free, fair, credible and transparent elections.”
The President was acclaimed the NPP’s flagbearer to seek another four-year mandate to lead the country, after he emerged the only personality to file for the slot when the party opened and closed nominations earlier in the year.
President Akufo-Addo, 76, will battle his main opponent and predecessor, John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress, for a third consecutive time.
The December 7 elections would be his fourth consecutive presidential electoral contest, having taken part in that exercise in 2008, 2012 and in 2016.
The Chairperson of the Commission, Madam Jean Mensa, welcoming the President and his entourage to her premises, indicated that was the first time a sitting President had visited the Commission to file his nomination forms.
She reminded them that the filing of nominations was very crucial in the lead up to the general elections, as without that, there could not be any elections.
She quoted regulation 7 of Constitutional Instrument 127, which enjoined presidential candidates to complete and sign four copies of the nomination forms.
Additionally, she read that the forms shall be signed by not less than two persons who are registered voters in the area of authority of each district assembly.
The presidential candidate is required to designate a person to serve as his or her vice president, and also required to deliver the forms on the date agreed to by the political parties and the Commission.
After going through the processes, President Akufo-Addo had the pleasure of some Ghanaians, some in T-shirts and colours of the NPP, escorting his convoy for some metres, amidst shouts of four more for Nana.