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Incumbent Mahama wins Ghana's presidential election

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2012-12-10

Incumbent John Dramani Mahama has won Ghana's presidential election with 50.7 percent of the vote, the head of the electoral commission announced on Sunday. The opposition has said that the results of the poll were rigged.

 
Ghana incumbent John Dramani Mahama was declared winner of the country's closely fought presidential polls on Sunday with 50.70 percent of the vote, the electoral commission announced.
             
"Ladies and gentlemen, based on the results given, I declare John Dramani Mahama president-elect," electoral commission chief Kwadwo Afari-Gyan announced to journalists.
             
His main opponent, Nana Akufo-Addo, finished with 47.74 percent. Akufo-Addo's party earlier alleged fraud and claimed it had evidence that showed he was the winner.
 
Earlier, riot police fired teargas on Sunday to disperse more than 200 opposition supporters protesting in front of the election commission ahead of the announcement of the results.
 
Youths carrying sticks and shouting “We want justice” had assembled there after a spokesman for the opposition National Patriotic Party said electoral workers had tampered with the results of a presidential election.
 
The opposition party alleged a "pattern of fraud" in the tight presidential election and claimed it had evidence to show its candidate had won the vote.
 
"Indeed, we have enough concrete evidence to show that the 2012 presidential election was won by our candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo," the New Patriotic Party said in a statement.
 
The statement alleged that "we have noticed a pattern of fraud, where substantial numbers of votes are either added to the NDC (National Democratic Congress) candidate or subtracted from the NPP presidential candidate".
 
It demanded an audit of collated vote figures as well as of data from the biometric verification machines used in the election before the results are officially announced.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2012-12-09

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