EC chairperson Jean Mensa did not mention wrong figures – Paul Adom-Otchere
Popular Ghanaian journalist and host of Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana, Paul Adom-Otchere, has openly justified the actions of the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa.
The EC chairperson declared the results of the 2020 general elections on December 9, 2020.
The NPP candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo won the election with 6,730,413 votes whereas the NDC candidate, John Dramani Mahama amassed a total of 6, 214, 889, representing 51.595% and 47.366% respectively.
However, Jean Mensa has come out with subsequent percentages that contradict her previous declaration, admitting that she had indeed made an error in announcing the results.
The Electoral Commission has since been subjected to massive backlash from the National Democratic Congress and some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) such as IMANI Africa. The actions of the EC chairperson has been described as a display of gross incompetence and impairing integrity.
Additionally, the main opposition party, NDC, has levelled serious accusations at the Electoral Commission for manipulating the 2020 presidential election in favour of the incumbent president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for which reason they have officially lodged their protest at the nation’s supreme court.
Paul Adom-Otchere defended the EC chairperson on the Good Evening Ghana show on Tuesday December 29, 2020. He stated that Jean Mensa had only erred in the way she read the results and not in the figures she announced.
Adom-Otchere indicated that “A lot has been said about the declaration. The issue about the declaration is that in presenting the result, Jean Mensa did not make the case for the difference between the total votes and total valid votes cast as being a difference between the total votes cast and rejected ballots.
So, rejected ballot minus total votes cast gives us total valid votes cast. The percentages thereof are calculated upon the valid votes cast”.
He further explained that, “The votes attributed to John Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo, to obtain the percentages of these votes within the larger context, you do the equation against the valid votes cast which is the difference between the total votes cast and rejected ballots.
So the figures she gave were not wrong. The was nothing wrong with the figures. It was the presentation that she had wrong.”