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NPP NEC to hold crunch meeting
Posted : 11 Dec 2012 | by AEP editor |
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) will meet today, to discuss the way forward following the declaration of the results of the presidential election by Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC).
The declaration of the results on Sunday night went ahead after the National Peace Council (NPC) met the EC, NPP and National Democratic Congress (NDC) on concerns raised by NPP.
The meeting agreed that the EC could go ahead with the declaration of the results, while the NPP could go to court to seek redress.
The NPP in a statement signed by Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, General Secretary, noted that the Chairman of the EC, Dr Afari-Gyan, on Sunday evening made a declaration on the December 7 presidential election that said President John Mahama had won the vote with 50.70% of the valid vote.
“As the New Patriotic Party leadership made it clear to him earlier (this) evening, in a meeting requested by us and called by the National Peace Council, with the other political parties in attendance, we have serious reservations about the validity of what the Chairman of the Electoral Commission has done in declaring results that, by the evidence, do not reflect the mandate of the required majority of the Ghanaian electorate,” the statement said.
It added that the NPP National Chairman, Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, had accordingly convened an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the NPP today, to lay out the steps that the party would take in the light of these events.
The party called upon all NPP members and supporters to remain calm.
Meanwhile the party says it is considering proceeding to court to challenge the result of the presidential elections as declared the the Chairman of the E.C.
It said the party had solid evidence that the results were manipulated adding that “it is extremely frightening. We may resort to the law court to seek redress.”
The communications Director of the party, Nana Akomea stated these in an interview with an Accra based local radio station monitored by “The Ghanaian Times.”
He said over 20 constituencies witnessed electoral discrepancies adding that “results declared at these constituencies are different from what were declared by the EC”
Nana Akomea said “there is blatant evidence of manipulation.
The evidence has credibility and we shall present the evidence before the law court.”
He thanked Ghanaians for their comportment despite the difficulties they went through during the election.
The communications Director also urged supporters of the NPP to be calm since it was clear from the results that “the country is split down the middle.”