A new twist has emerged in the USA presidential elections after the incumbent president Donald Trump refused to concede defeat.
On Wednesday, Georgia’s secretary of state announced a fresh audit of the presidential elections will be undertaken.
The millions of votes will now be recounted by hand in the state where President-elect Joe Biden is leading and projected to win by over 0.5 percentage points. .
“With the margin being so close, it will require a full by hand recount in each county,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said at a news conference in Atlanta.
“This will help build confidence.”
“It will be an audit, a recount and a recanvas all at once,” he added.
The new development comes at a time when President Trump and his campaign team continue to exert pressure on states to carry out a manual recount of cast votes.
The Trump team has also called for Georgia Republicans to resign amid accusations of mismanaging the election process.
The attention has focused on Georgia where the Democrats and Republicans were neck to neck in both the presidential and senate elections.
With a January senate race run off in the offing, the two GOP senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue who are fighting for reelection, demanded Raffensperger resign from office, accusing him without evidence of failing to “deliver honest and transparent elections.”
Some media houses including CNN have not projected a winner in the Georgia presidential race although Biden currently leads Trump by more than 14,000 votes.
However, secretary of state Raffensperger has shown the clearest indications yet that Biden is “unlikely” to be overtaken in a recount.
With Biden already announced as the winner of the 2020 elections, Trump has not conceded in the race, and instead has made unfounded claims about widespread voter fraud and mail-in ballots.
The Wednesday’s announcement of voter recount offered the Republicans a faint glimpse of hope in a race that Biden overwhelmingly won the popular vote by over 5 million ballots.