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Over 3.5 million Ghanaians failed to vote in 2020 polls

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Data from the Electoral Commission (EC) shows that the 2020 parliamentary and presidential election ended with a 79 percent voter turnout.

The EC disclosed that out of the total number of 17,027,641 registered voters on the electoral roll 13,434,857 of them turned up at the polling centres to exercise their franchise on election day.

This implies that 3,592,784 voters did not vote.

Chairperson of the Commission, Jean Mensa announced this during her declaration of the final results of the presidential election on Wednesday [December 9, 2020] evening.

“The election was conducted in 38,622 polling stations across the country and in 275 constituencies. At the end of the transparent, fair, orderly, timely and peaceful Presidential Elections, the total number of valid votes cast was 13,432,857 representing 79% of the total registered voters”, she said.

Further details show the total valid votes in the polls were 13,119,460.

Total rejected ballots were 313,397 representing 2.333 per cent of the total votes.

Comparison with 216 polls 

In the 2016 elections, the total registered voters were 15,712,499. Out of this number, however, those who voted were 10,880,999.

This data translated into 69.25 per cent voter turnout in the last election.

The total number of valid votes then was 10,713,650.

However, 167,346 of these votes representing 1.54 were recorded as invalid

Distribution of 2020 votes

The sitting President, Akufo-Addo obtained 6,730,587 votes, representing 51.30% while his main contender, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama followed suite with 6,213,182, representing 47.36% of the total ballots cast.

Christian Kwabena Andrews, the flagbearer of the Ghana Union Movement (GUM) placed third in the race, garnering 105,548 votes, representing 0.80% of the total ballots cast.

The Returning Officer of the 2020 presidential election, Jean Mensa, also announced the figures exclude results from the Techiman South constituency which is currently under dispute.

Below is the full list of the results from the 2020 elections as announced by the EC:

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (NPP) – 6,730,587  (51.302%)

John Dramani Mahama (NDC) – 6,213,182 (47.359%)

Christian Kwabena Andrews (GUM) – 105,548  (0.805%)

Ivor Kobina Greenstreet (CPP) – 12,200 (0.093%)

Akua Donkor (GFP) – 5,574  (0.024%)

Henry Herbert Lartey (GCPP) – 3,564 (0.027%)

Hassan Ayariga (APC) – 7,138 (0.054%)

Percival Kofi Akpaloo (LPG) – 7,683 (0.059%)

David Asibi Ayindenaba Apasera (PNC) – 10,882 (0.083%)

Brigitte Akosua Dzogbenuku (PPP) – 6,849 (0.052%)

Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings (NDP) – 6,549 (0.050%)

Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker (Independent candidate) – 9,704 (0.074%)

Source: Citi News

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