“Allow EC Carry Out Mandate” -Mahama breaks silence after NPP’s Declaration of Results

President Mahama breaks silence after NPP’s declaration of election results…

After 24 hours of his social media black out, President John Mahama breaks silence with an advice to Ghanaians as they wait anxiously and impatiently, to hear the final results from the Electoral Commission.

The President has called on Ghanaians to exercise more patience as the EC carries out its constitutional mandate of announcing certified results from the various polling centres.

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Voting started and ended on December 7 -the day of Ghana’s 2016 general elections. It’s been more than 36 hours since polls closed after Wednesday’s voting and Ghanaians have been sitting on tenterhooks awaiting certified results from EC. The Electoral Commission has since, been reviewing results from respective polling stations scattered across the 275 constituencies in the country.

A large section of Ghanaians who have run out of patience, have begun agitating for the release of the results by the Commission. But President Mahama has urged Ghanaians to remain calm as the EC collates and reviews the results.

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The EC has also revealed reasons behind the delay in declaring election results. According to the EC, the delay is due to the discovery of some instances of over-voting in some polling stations. EC boss Charlotte Osei who shed light on the issue, advised returning officers to adopt manual transmission of results and ditch e-transmission, as the latter may have been compromised.

Mahama took to social media to calm the nerves of anxious Ghanaians who cannot wait a minute longer, for EC’s declaration.

Let’s allow EC to carry out its constitutional mandate. We’ll make Ghana proud no matter [the] outcome, he posted.

The closure of the voting process on December 7, brought about lots of speculations as to who the possible winner of the 2016 presidential elections is. While some political parties speculated the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the New Patriotic Party (NPP) claimed leads in the presidential election even before provisional results were released. The NPP went as far as asking President Mahama of the NDC, to concede defeat after calling out provisional results.

Despite all the announcements, Ghana continues to wait anxiously to hear the certified results of the election which will be announced by the Electoral Commission – the only body with the sole mandate to declare election results.

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