Ghana Police To Tighten Security At The Swearing In of Akuffo Addo
The December 2020 General elections saw one of the toughest presidential and Parliamentary elections in the history of Ghana’s Democracy. The race saw 12 Presidential candidates contesting for the seat of Power.
However, as expected, the race was mainly between the National Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential candidate and incumbent President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidential candidate and former President of the Republic, Mr John Dramani Mahama.
Notable, however, was the performance of Mr Christian Kwabena Andrews popularly known as “Sofo Kyiri Abusom” of the Ghana Union Movement (GUM) who pulled a surprising third position.
At the end of the December 7th polls, the President Nana Addo Darkwah Akuffo-Addo was declared by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jane Mensah as the winner. Haven pulled 51.302% of the total valid votes cast while John Dramani Mahama polled 47.359% of the Valid votes cast.
The stage is therefore set for the President-elect Nana Addo Darkwah Akufo-Addo to be sworn in on Thursday, January 7, 2021, for another four-year term as the President Of The Republic of Ghana.
The news reaching us however seem to indicate that at least, 6000 security personnel will be deployed for the inauguration including officers of the Ghana Armed Forces. This information was made available in a statement by the Ghana Police Service.
The deployed security personnel will be expected to secure and patrol the entire State House Complex, Accra International Conference Centre, Accra Sports Stadium, and the Black Star Square on the day of the inauguration.
The unprecedented move may have been triggered by NDC’s John Mahamah’s refusal to concede defeat in what he refers to as “a flawed election.” Since the election and the declaration of Nana Akuffo Addo as the President-elect, the NDC and its supporters have engaged in numerous protests across the country some of which has resulted in violence and bloodshed.
The NDC filed an election petition at the Supreme Court of Ghana on the 30th of December 2020, asking the court to nollyfy the results of the election and call for a round-off.
In his defence on why he has not conceded defeat, Jonh Mahamah said;
“I want the removal of doubt. I want for all of us to know that our elections should be free, fair, and safe—and that we do not have to settle for a process that leaves us confused and with more questions than answers,”