Saturday, 20 April

2020 election petition: We only contested Jean Mensa’s computation of declared results: Kwakye Ofosu

Jean Mensah, EC boss

Deputy Minister of Information, Mr Felix Kwakye Ofosu, has provided clarification on why the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the main opposition party, took its case to the Supreme Court following the 2020 presidential election.

Mr Kwakye Ofosu asserted that the party's legal challenge was specifically directed at the declarations made by Madam Jean Mensa, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.

Emphasising their legal stance, Mr Kwakye Ofosu highlighted that the NDC did not dispute the actual votes but instead contested the manner in which the Electoral Commission chairperson declared the results. 

He pointed out that Madam Mensa had declared the presidential results on six occasions during the 2020 election, prompting the NDC's decision to seek clarity on the computation of these results.

Speaking during an interview with Kwabena Bobie Ansah, the host of The Citizen Show on Accra 100.5 FM on Tuesday, February 21, 2024, Mr Kwakye Ofosu, who also serves as an aide to former President John Dramani Mahama, reiterated the party's objective in approaching the Supreme Court. 

He clarified that the NDC sought an explanation from the Electoral Commission on how it arrived at the declaration in 2020, given the multiple attempts at correction. 

But this was short-lived, he noted, when the apex court aided the EC boss not to mount the witness box to be cross-examined by the NDC lawyers.

In conclusion, Mr Kwakye Ofosu underscored that the results, as declared by the EC boss, were inconsistent with the NDC's own findings, maintaining the party's belief that it should have emerged victorious in the election.

Source: Mensah