Ghana election

 

Highlights

Nana Akufo Addo re-elected as president

• Ghanaian Police Service said it recorded more than 60 incidents at Monday’s vote

• Independent observers congratulated Ghana for conducting largely peaceful polls

• Polling on Monday was viewed by observers as generally free and fair

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo won re-election with 51.59 percent of the vote, results from the election commission showed on Wednesday, as deadly violence gripped the West African country.

Violence

The results follow a contentious poll that both candidates had said they were leading based on their camps’ tallies. Five people were killed in election violence since Monday, Nana Akufo Addo re-elected as president, police said, marring what observers said was a well-organised vote.

Incidents

The Ghanaian Police Service said it recorded more than 60 incidents at Monday’s vote, in which President Nana Akufo-Addo ran for re-election against his main rival, former president John Mahama, and 10 other candidates.

“Twenty-one of the incidents are true cases of electoral violence, six of which involve gunshots resulting in the death of five,” it said.

Congratulations

Independent observers this week congratulated Ghana for conducting largely peaceful polls, in line with its reputation as one of West Africa’s most stable democracies.

But tensions have risen as the camps of Mahama and Akufo-Addo said their tallies showed their candidate in the lead.

“There were issues on election day about the procedure of voting, then immediately after the voting there were complaints about the way the result were being sorted out,”

Free and fair

Polling on Monday was viewed by observers as generally free and fair, but the political climate soured late on Tuesday when Mahama accused his rival of showing “credentials that are very undemocratic”.

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told a news conference allegations of intimidation by soldiers were false.

He also bluntly rejected Mahama’s claim that his centre-left National Democratic Congress (NDC) had won a majority, of 140 seats, in the 275-member parliament.

The European Union’s chief observer, Javier Nart, told a news conference on Wednesday that “Ghanaians voted freely”.

 

NP/Fatimah/Al Jazeera

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