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Major happenings on Election Day a year ago today.



Major happenings on Election Day a year ago today. 56

Exactly a year ago today, Ghanaians had lined up at the over 22,000 polling stations across the country to exercise their voting rights in the 2020 general elections.

The crucial election was highly anticipated because of the personalities at the forefront of the race: an incumbent president going up against his predecessor.

The fiercely contested race eventually came to an end and results announced a few days after, giving Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the incumbent, another four years at the presidency.

John Dramani Mahama, his closest contender, would however, later take the matter to the Supreme Court for its determination after he refused to accept the results declared by the Electoral Commissioner of Ghana, Jean Mensa.

But, on December 7, 2020, quite a number of things happened on the day beyond just people going to cast their votes.

Here are some of the major happenings of the Election Day in 2020:

Near confusion at Bole Bamboi

There was near confusion at a polling station at the Bole Bamboi constituency when one of the security guards of Mahama who had registered in the same polling stations with him had his name missing from the register leading to his inability to vote.

“One of my security guards, I registered here with him and during the exhibition, we checked his name.

“We got here today and his name is not there and so I don’t know if it is a generalized problem but it is too early to make an assessment. We are waiting to find out what the presiding officer will say.

“We hope that they can rectify this. These are some of the little things that we kept complaining about,” John Mahama told journalists.

John Dumelo ‘uneasy’ as results trickle in

One of the constituencies which was keenly contested is the Ayawaso West Wuogon where actor, politician and farmer, John Dumelo, contesting on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress, sought to capture the seat from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, Lydia Alhassan.

As the results started coming in from the constituency, visuals appeared of the NDC candidate showing uneasiness as he paced up and down, unable to sit.