Akufo Addo accepts, but Ghana’s opposition not ready to concede

By AT editor - 10 December 2020 at 4:33 pm
Akufo Addo accepts, but Ghana’s opposition not ready to concede

Presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama and his National Democratic Congress say they’re not yet accepting defeat following Ghana’s election on Sunday, which appeared to give President Nana Akufo Addo the win.

The Electoral Commission of Ghana delivered an updated results summary on Thursday that shows Akufo Addo and the New Patriotic Party with 51.3 percent of the vote when compared with Mahama’s 47.4 percent. Those results did not include disputed tallies from the Techiman South station, where two people died after an election-related shooting, but the outcome was not expected to change.

Mahama, a former president seeking to put the NDC back into leadership, denied that a concession statement making the rounds was legitimate and said he is not ready to accept the results. He also accused Akufo Addo of wielding the power of the military to manipulate the election.

“We intend to take decisive and concrete steps, both with the presidential and parliamentary results, to overturn this brazen and shameless attack on our democracy,” an NDC spokesman said during a press conference.

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) reported that two journalists also were injured in the Ablekuma Central district while covering the election. All told, there were five fatalities and 21 episodes of electoral violence in Ghana, according to a police statement.

Akufo Addo condemned the isolated incidents and expressed his condolences during a victory speech that called for unity while acknowledging deep political divisions reflected in Ghana’s results.

“The period for campaigning is over, and the outcome of the election has been decided,” Akufo Addo said. “The Ghanaian people, through the results, have made it loud and clear that the two parties, the NPP and NDC, must work together, especially in Parliament, for the good of the country.”

Image: Ghana Presidency file


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