A group of prominent former world leaders founded by Nelson Mandela say US President Donald Trump’s assertions of election fraud without compelling evidence conveys “a lack of respect” for the integrity of US institutions.
The group – known as “The Elders” – said on Thursday in a statement that Trump “should follow the example set by his predecessors and declare himself willing to accept the verdict cast” by voters.
Former Irish president Mary Robinson chairs The Elders and says it was “shocking to have to raise concerns about US democratic processes” as the group has done in Kenya, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
The group called on Republican leaders “to act responsibly in the interests of their country by supporting a smooth transition” to Democrat Joe Biden’s presidency.
Major US media networks called the presidential election for Biden last Saturday.
The call comes as officials in the battleground state of Pennsylvania have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by US President Donald Trump’s campaign seeking to prevent the state certifying its election results.
In a court filing in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, lawyers for the local secretary of state and seven counties said on Thursday the case should be tossed.
President-elect Joe Biden won the majority of the vote in all seven Pennsylvania counties cited in the lawsuit and is up more than 53,000 votes with an estimated 97 per cent of ballots counted.
Trump’s campaign says the “Democrat-majority counties” did not provide partisan election observers an opportunity to assess the processing of mail-in ballots.
It also alleged observers were placed too far from the tabulation of votes and mail-in voters whose ballots were deficient were alowed to cast provisional ballots in what they say was a flouting of state electoral rules.
Biden clinched the election on Saturday after media networks and Edison Research called him as winner of Pennsylvania, putting him over the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
But Trump has refused to concede and repeatedly and without evidence claimed widespread voter fraud.
His campaign has filed a string of long-shot lawsuits in several battleground states.
Legal experts say the lawsuits have little chance of changing the outcome of the election. A senior Biden legal adviser has dismissed the litigation as “theatrics, not really lawsuits”.
Pennsylvania is due to certify the election results on November 23.