Former Member of Parliament for Bantama Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Dr. Henry Kwabena Kokofu has described as ‘mischief and propaganda’ the comment made by former President John Dramani Mahama on the 2016 elections results.
Former President John Dramani Mahama addressing Saïd Business School in collaboration with the African Studies Centre and the Oxford Africa Business Alliance, challenged the EC to make public, details of its investigations into the hacking of its system used in collating election results electronically during the 2016 polls.
According to him, “As I speak, I am not aware that the Electoral Commission has carried out any investigation into what compromised their IT system. And even if they have, we the stakeholders, the political parties, have not been briefed on what caused the corruption of the system. In the interest of transparency, it is important for Ghanaians to understand what happened before we go into another election”.
But reacting to the comment made by former President Mahama on GHONE TV, the private legal practitioner insisted the action taken by the former President is meant to prepare the minds of NDC supporters to reject the perpetual defeat the main opposition is going to suffer again in the next year general elections.
“This act of the former President Mahama is mischief and propaganda to prepare the minds of the NDC in the coming elections because he knows he will be defeated again; he wants to prepare their minds to reject the elections results in 2020 which is why he is saying the results in the 2016 elections was corrupted,” he chastised.
He added that former President John Dramani Mahama could have called for investigations into the 2016 elections results earlier when he left office in 2017 if he meant well for fairness to prevail in elections in the country and not wait till now.
He again mentioned that the NDC is well represented on the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) with the Electoral Commission; thus “if this is genuine concern of the former President, he could have notified his members serving on the IPAC to ask questions and not travel abroad to make this public”.
He however feared that the tantrum of the former President can be chaotic especially when there is an upcoming general election in 2020; thus, it can agitate the supporters of the National Democratic Congress to fight the outcome of the results in the next general elections.
He therefore claimed the comment of former President Mahama in a way is an admission that his party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) will be defeated in the 2020 general elections and so he is preparing for perfect excuse when they are defeated.