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    Ghana’s Supreme Court upholds president’s victory in December election

    The Supreme Court of Ghana has ratified Thursday the victory of the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, in the elections held in December, after rejecting the appeal filed against the results by the main opposition candidate, former president John Dramani Mahama.

    The court has stressed that Mahama has not demonstrated how the alleged irregularities on the part of the electoral commission would have impacted the results and has indicated that it does not consider it necessary for the vote to be repeated, according to the Ghanaian newspaper ‘Daily Graphic’.

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    In this sense, he has stated that the data included in the statement published by the electoral commission gives Akufo-Addo more than 50 percent of the votes in the first round and has argued that this fact has been recognized by the former president himself.

    Mahama’s National Democratic Congress (NDC) claimed that the appeal to the Supreme Court contained “serious violations of the 1992 Constitution by the electoral commission and its chairperson, Jean Mensa, in the conduct of their constitutional and legal responsibilities”.

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    Akufo-Addo was proclaimed the winner of the elections with 51.3 percent of the votes, against 47.3 percent obtained by Mahama. The president’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) won 137 seats in the parliamentary elections, the same as the NDC, out of a total of 275, although the opposition party has also denounced fraud.

    The country has so far maintained a tradition of smooth elections since the multi-party system was established in 1992, with peaceful transfers of power between the NPP and the NDC and vice versa. This was the third consecutive election in which Akufo-Addo and Mahama measured their strength. In 2012 it was Mahama who emerged victorious while in 2016 the NPP leader prevailed.

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    Robert David
    Robert David
    Robert David is a journalist of Awutar. If you want to get in touch with him write via: [email protected]


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