Former President John Dramani Mahama has slammed the Electoral Commission (EC) Chairwoman, Jean Adukwei Mensa, for the way she conducted the 2020 national elections.
Mr Mahama claimed there were various irregularities in Mrs Mensa’s election results, for which he went to the Supreme Court.
On Sunday, March 27, Mr Mahama told the United States Chapter of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Bentley University, “We went to court for numerous reasons, one of which was the many abnormalities in the results.”
“The Electoral Commissioner traveled to an undisclosed location and proclaimed the election results from there, and after she declared the results and they didn’t add up, she came back and revised the results a number of times.” That was an issue with which we had to contend.”
Mr. further stated that the military’s role in the 2020 elections is unconstitutional.
During Ghana’s elections, he said, security at voting stations and collation centers has always been the responsibility of the police, not the military.
“Eight of our countrymen were cruelly gunned down by individuals in uniform, we know those people, the Invisible and Delta Forces that have been enrolled into the Army and the Police,” the NDC’s 2020 presidential candidate said.
“Our military have always been disciplined, and seeing some of them today makes you wonder if they are truly disciplined Ghanaian soldiers or policemen.” You’ll notice that they’re wearing earrings and Azugu masks.”
“For the first time, we saw highly armed soldiers at polling places,” he added.
“We’ve all served in the House of Commons before, and security at collation centers and around polling stations was primarily handled by the police; the military was not involved.” Military personnel can be seen at polling stations and collation centers on this occasion. “I believe it was incorrect.”
Mr Mahama had already criticised the military’s extensive use of unarmed citizens as targets at several detention centers across the country.
Eight people died and several others were injured during the 2020 elections.