Former President John Mahama has called the 2020 elections the worst in Ghana’s history.
According to him, the election was marred by numerous irregularities, many of which were unprecedented in the country’s history.
Speaking on Cape FM in Cape Coast as part of his Thank You tour of the region, Mahama insisted that Jean Mensah and the EC botched the 2020 elections.
“2020 was Ghana’s worst election. If I was marking her, I would have given her an F. She is marking her paper after the examination so she can give herself any mark she likes,” he said.
It comes after the Electoral Commission’s Chairperson, Jean Mensa, told the ECOWAS Parliament in Ghana that the 2020 elections will be the best in Ghana’s history. The EC chair also denied that her organization was to blame for the deaths that occurred during the elections.
“Indeed, our elections of 2020 were solely financed by the government of Ghana. I am happy to note, that this reduced the cost of our election by 41% compared to 2016 notwithstanding inflation and price highs and the fact that we incurred additional cost owing to the COVID-19 protocols we deployed throughout the election.
“We cut the cost per voter from 13 dollars per head in 2016 to 7 dollars 70 cents per head at the time when the cost of elections is rising world over. Needless to say, these were no easy feat, it took the herculean effort of our entire team and the helping hand of the almighty God to establish these achievements. We were met with many challenges but we surmounted most of them and those we could not overcome we learnt from them”.
“Sadly seven lives were lost and though this did not occur at our polling nor arise at as misconduct on our part, one life lost is one too many. We are confident that our security agencies will share their investigations and recommendations for future learnings”.
President Akufo-Addo won the 2020 general election, but his main rival, former President John Mahama, challenged him in court.