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It’s something that is exemplary – Johnson Sirleaf describes Ghana’s election

It’s something that is exemplary – Johnson Sirleaf describes Ghana’s election.

According to former Liberian president and leader of the ECOWAS Election observer mission to Ghana, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the 2020 general election in Ghana has been peaceful and transparent.

“Its something that is exemplary” she said, and further added, ” I wish we had a way for many other countries to learn from this process and see how they might improve upon their system to be able to adapt some of these extra measures”.

However, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), major opposition party, describes the election result which last week gave victory to the ruling party, New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) presidential candidate , President Akuffo Addo victory of 51.302% of total ballots cast, as the real “stolen verdict”, but the president of the ECOWAS Election observer mission thinks otherwise.

In an interview on December 12, 2020, she said ” If you ask me , I would have to say once again , Ghana has shown example of an election that’s peaceful, that’s free, that’s transparent, that’s credible”.

Further expressing her satisfaction in the just ended elections, the Noble Peace Laureate has commended people of Ghana and the Electoral Commission (EC) for rightfully playing their role to ensure peaceful and a successful election.

In stating reasons for this, she noted ” it’s because they have the mindset that , we want a peaceful election, we want to cast the votes in a manner that will demonstrate the adherence to the protocols that have been established.

A Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) share the same views with the foreign observer and have together asked Ghanaians to give confidence to the presidential election results declared by the EC as it reflects the actual votes of citizens on December 7, 2020.

The CODEO said that it monitored the election by deploying 1,502 Parallel Voter Tabulation (PVT) observers across the 275 constituencies in the 16 regions of the country. The estimates presented by the PVT according to CODEO tallies the EC’s official results, falling within a 95% confidence range and the relative margin of error.

_By_ _Marie Harrison_

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