President Nana Akufo-Addo has formally filed his nomination at the Electoral Commission (EC) to contest the December 7, 2020 Presidential elections as the candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
President Akufo-Addo, 76, is expected to battle his main opponent and predecessor, John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress, for a third consecutive time.
He was accompanied by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Madam Frema Osei Opare, the NPP’s Chairman Freddie Blay, General Secretary John Boadu and Campaign Manager Peter Mac-Manu where he handed his nomination form, a filing fee of GHc100, 000 and other relevant requirements to the Returning Officer of the December 7 Presidential Polls, the EC’s Chairperson Mrs Jean Mensa at the Commission’s Headquarters in Accra.
President Akuffo Addo said Ghanaians are counting on the EC to be arbiter that holds the scales evenly for all contestants.
“We are counting on you to be the arbiter that holds the scales evenly to all contestants. What the Ghanaian people are expecting is that the election on December 7 will be an election conducted in peace, freedom and security and in transparency so that the results of the elections will reflect the will of the people. Elections are not meant to be decided by the EC, or the officials that work here…you are the referees of the contest. Elections are to be decided by the people of Ghana and we are hoping that the arrangements that you have put in place will enable the Ghanaian people to manifest their will on December 7 and choose the next government,” he said.
President Akuffo Addo further tasked the EC to ensure free, fair and credible elections come December 7.
“I am not interested in any crooked results and I do not want to be a President elected by deceit. I look forward to a contest that would be fairly conducted so that if indeed by the grace of God Almighty that I am again the choice of the Ghanaian people, it will be one that would be freely and openly demonstrated,” he stated.
The EC opened the exercise on Monday, October 5, 2020. It will end on October 9.
Story By: Nelson Nyadror Adanuti