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Politics of Tuesday, 22 December 2020


Election 2020: NDC has the right to demonstrate – Rev. Emmanuel Asante

Member of EC's Eminent Advisory Committee, Reverend Emmanuel Asante Member of EC's Eminent Advisory Committee, Reverend Emmanuel Asante

A member of the Electoral Commission’s Eminent Advisory Committee Reverend Emmanuel Asante says the opposition NDC has the right to stage their protests over the results of the 2020 polls.

He however added, the demonstration, should not lead to the destruction of state properties and violation of the public order act.

“It’s the right of people to demonstrate peacefully if they have the right to do so. But it’s not the right of any individual to demonstrate and destroy things. I have stated that the court and not the street but if the minority wants to hit the street, it’s their right to demonstrate peacefully,” he told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Tuesday.

He also reiterated his earlier call for the party to also consider a legal redress over their concerns.

“I have said that once the EC comes out with the results and declare, the law permits members who are affected by the declaration to challenge through legal means. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the right of the aggrieved to seek legal redress and I have no objection to that. Results have been declared and gazetted so the only way is for them (NDC) to go to court and seek redress if they have evidence both in parliamentary and presidential”.

The NDC has rejected the results of the polls announced by the electoral commission. The party at a press conference last week gave evidence to back their claim of ‘flawed’ election and accused the EC of vote padding in favour of the incumbent.

The party has called for the recollation of results in some constituencies in the parliamentary contest.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission has announced it will break for the Christmas festivities on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.