John Dramani Mahama Condemns Silence Over 2020 Election Deaths, Calls for Justice
The 2020 polls, which resulted in the deaths of eight individuals, have left an indelible mark on Ghana’s democratic history, according to John Dramani Mahama, the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He expressed his dismay at President Akufo-Addo’s silence regarding the use of thugs and rogue elements within the security agencies to disrupt elections in certain areas of the country during the 2020 elections, which ultimately led to the loss of lives. Mahama described the president’s silence on the matter as both saddening and unconscionable.
In a statement released on Sunday, January 7, 2024, to mark Ghana’s 31st anniversary of its Fourth Republic, the former President emphasized that it was unacceptable for the President to remain silent on the issue without expressing sympathy for the families of the victims, while the perpetrators of the crime continue to evade justice.
“The use of thugs and rogue elements within the security agencies to disrupt elections in some parts of the country as occurred in the 2020 elections, leading to the loss of eight (8) lives, will forever be remembered as Ghana’s day of infamy and an indelible blemish on our democratic credentials established over the last 32 years of constitutional rule,” Mahama stated.
The former President’s comments underscore the ongoing concerns about the events of the 2020 elections and the need for accountability and justice for the lives lost. The statement serves as a reminder of the importance of upholding democratic values and ensuring that such incidents are not forgotten or overlooked.