Mahama urges NDC supporters to protest peacefully

Flagbearer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 presidential elections, John Mahama is urging supporters of the party to protest the outcome of the 2020 elections in a peaceful manner.

In a Facebook post, John Mahama said, “elections can be emotive and the EC’s incompetent handling of the December 7 poll leaves a sour taste in the mouths of all patriotic citizens. It is important to hold the EC accountable to ensure that it purifies itself and rises again to be the leading electoral body on our continent, Africa. I still urge all who feel outraged by the EC’s conduct to manifest their displeasure in a manner that is peaceful.”

His call comes in the wake of a series of demonstrations held in various parts of the country by party faithful over claims of rigging in the 2020 polls.

Some of the protests have turned violent with some arrests made by police.

The police last Thursday announced that it had arrested some 26 supporters of the NDC who were protesting near the offices of the Electoral Commission (EC) in Accra.

Over the weekend, the protesters burned car tires and chanted ‘No Mahama, No Peace’ in Manhyia.

The protest was peaceful until some of the protesters stormed the Manhyia District Police Command after they claimed some of their colleagues were arrested.

The angry protesters pelted stones injuring some police officers on duty and also caused damage to a vehicle belonging to one of the officers.

Police later called for reinforcement and succeeded in dispersing the crowd.

The protesters moved to the Kumasi Jubilee Park where they burnt car tyres- a situation which nearly resulted in a scuffle between them and a combined team of armed police and military officers.

A water cannon van from the police was used to douse the fire set up by the supporters.

John Mahama and the NDC has been heavily criticized by many over the protests with the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and other groups calling on the NDC to head to the courts rather than protest.

But John Mahama and the NDC have stressed that they will not accept the outcome of the elections and expect the EC to among other things re-collate results from the Techiman South constituency in the Bono Region.

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