Following the ruling New Patric Party (NPP)’s declaration of victory in the 2020 Parliamentary and Presidential elections, the mathematical permutations are refusing to make sense.
According to the ruling party, its presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has garnered the votes of a little over 40 percent of the total number of registered voters. It does not tell Ghanaians the total number of votes cast.
And so, according to the NPP’s claim, it has won 6million out of the over 17million possible ballots from registered voters. Per this claim, the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s John Dramani Mahama is left with over 11million possible ballots from registered voters to secure.
For some reason, even though the NPP claimed it had won over 52% of the votes cast, it did not give the total number of votes cast.
Meanwhile, in 2016, the total number of registered voters was a little over 15million with a turnout of a little over 12million. The NPP had won some 5.7million of the votes to secure over 52% of the ballots cast.
On the other hand, the NDC had won 4.2million of the ballots cast.
In terms of total number of additional voters accrued to the voter population from 2016, the amount is a little over 2million new voters. Per the NPP’s declaration of victory in the 2020 presidential election, it’s votes appreciated by just a little over 300,000 from 2016. This leaves the NDC with a wiggle room of over 1.7million of possible votes.
Many observers are therefore wondering how the NPP could have claimed that President Akufo-Addo has won the presidential election based on the mathematics that such a claim implies.
Meanwhile, in the Parliamentary election, the NDC has won 143 seats so far as against the NPP’s 131 seats.