NPP Challenges Election Result in Ghana

January 14th, 2013   Ghana | News

December last year, incumbent President John Mahama from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) was declared winner of the presidential election after receiving 50.7 percent of the votes. His opponent Nana Akufo-Addo from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), with which JHS cooperates, received 47,74 percent and just as in 2008 it became a victory by a narrow margin for NDC, during that time represented by the late John Atta Mills.

Politicians from NPP during a JHS seminar in Accra, June 2012.

Although international observers as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) assessed the election in Ghana as over all free and fair, the NPP claim that fraud has occurred. Shortly after the election result was presented, representatives of the NPP condemned it. “If one accepts this result one discredits not only the democracy in Ghana, but the whole process of democratization in Africa,” said a NPPrepresentative to the BBC.

Due to technical glitches in the new biometric registration machines that should reduce the risk of cheating, long queues occurred outside polling stations and the election was extended for another day. NPP believes that there have been problems and irregularities in the registration and counting of votes, and that this has favored the incumbent President Mahama. In one of Ghana’s northern regions, Mahama received 31.165 votes instead of the correct number of 21.165 votes, according to NPP.

The case is now taken to court by the NPP, which also boycotted the ceremony in which John Mahama was inaugurated as President of Ghana.

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