Prez Mahama praises EC on Election 2012 feat

President John Dramani Mahama has showered praise on the country’s election-supervising body, the Electoral Commission (EC), on the successful holding of presidential and parliamentary elections in December, 2012.

According to President Mahama, the “feat” chalked by the EC was during a critical period of the country.

In an address to Parliament on the state of the nation delivered on Thursday, February 21, 2013, President Mahama intimated that the December 7/8 Elections has been adjudged as, by far, the most transparent in the history of Ghana elections.

“Mr Speaker, our recent Presidential and Parliamentary elections have been adjudged by both domestic and international observers as by far the most credible, transparent, free and fair since 1992,” he stated.

“This shows that each step of our democratic journey has been marked by improvements,” President Mahama added.

“As Ghanaians, we must be proud of this achievement. Mr Speaker, the Electoral Commission must take much of the credit for this feat.”

He explained that the EC has correctly declared winners of every one of the elections that have been held from 1992 without distorting results.

“They have conferred victory where victory was due without fear or favour in the critical periods of 2000, 2008 and 2012,” he pointed out.

“Our Electoral Commission has earned, in the process, an enviable reputation as arguably one of the best electoral institutions on the African continent,” he added.

The 2012 Elections is Ghana’s sixth since returning to multi-party democracy in 1992. Nonetheless, it is the first elections whose results is being challenged in a court of competent jurisdiction.

It is as a result of the court challenge that the Minority in Parliament failed to be present when the president delivered his maiden state-of-the-nation address on Thursday.



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