The NDC and other stakeholders have frowned at NPP’s declaration of results.
The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) declaration of their Flagbearer -Nana Akufo-Addo, as winner of Wednesday’s polls has raised eyebrows among political stakeholders.
Yesterday, the NPP at a press conference addressed by its Campaign Coordinator, Peter Mac Manu, announced a win for their presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo. Mr. Mac Manu had gone as far as calling on President Mahama to concede defeat.
We’ll recall that the NPP’s campaign coordinator, Mac Manu had earlier said during the electioneering period thatthey will declare their own results and that no one will stop them from doing so. So NPP’s declaration of results comes as no surprise at all to many who recalled their earlier promise.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has however, described such move by the NPP as reckless. Speaking to the media, the NDC said that such move is treasonable, as it could plunge the nation into massive catastrophe.
The National Peace Council (NPC), has also frowned at the NPP’s declaration of results ahead of the Electoral Commission. Chairman of the council, Reverend Prof Emmnauel Asante, has asked the NPP to respect the electoral rules and desist from further declaring themselves winners of the ongoing general elections.
Speaking on TV3, Rev. Asante urged the major contending parties -NDC and NPP to be cautious in their actions, so as not to do anything to upset the prevailing calm in the country.
The Electoral Commission has also rebuked the NPP for making the pronouncement. The EC which has the sole mandate to declare election results, has reiterated its injunction that stakeholders should for no reason declare results of the general election. The Commission has also urged political parties keep calm until results are declared.
The closure of the voting process yesterday, brought about lots of speculations as to who the possible winner of the presidential elections is. While some political parties speculated, others like the NPP, went ahead to declare their Flagbearer Nana Addo, the winner.
NPP’s Mac Manu at the press conference yesterday, said that about 80 percent of the over 28,000 polling stations across the country, showed that Akufo-Addo polled 54.91%. He had stated that Akufo-Addo had 4,676,998 in the 23,000 polling stations they have collated, while President Mahama had 3,644,724 votes.