Ghana (December 7, 2012)

Dec. 7, 2012, midnight

Ghanaians headed to the polls on December 7th to elect a new President and legislature. The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana has declared John Dramani MAHAMA of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as winner of the presidential contest with 50.7 percent of the vote. His main challenger, the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa AKUFO-ADDO, followed with 47.7 percent.  Out of 14,158,890 registered voters, turnout was high at 79.4 percent, an increase from 72. 9 percent in 2008. MAHAMA took office as president after the death of his predecessor, John Atta Mills in July this year. Therefore this will be his first full four-year term as President of the country.  In the parliamentary contest the results are preliminary, as 58 seats are still to be determined. However, so far they suggest that out of 275 single-seat constituencies, 120 have gone to the NDC, and 94 have gone to the NPP. Additionally, the People’s National Convention (PNC) won 1 seat and independent candidates won 2 seats. 

On Monday AKUFO-ADDO and the NPP challenged the presidential results, claiming the party possesses enough evidence of electoral fraud to present to the Supreme Court. Yet international observers have endorsed the results and a local group, the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has called on the NPP and its supporters to accept the results that they verified as fair after conducting Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) at polls on Election Day. PVT consists of observers recording the conduct of poll workers, voting, and vote count processes via real-time text messages to a central election observation body. It was conducted across the country’s 275 constituencies in 1,492 out of 26002 polling stations.

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