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Ghana Awaits Results From Tight Presidential Vote

Former Ghanian President and candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama (L) and incumbent Ghanian President and candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo (2nd R) are guided by Chief Justice of Ghana, Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah (C) and Judicial Secretary, Cynthia Pamela Addo (R) to signal the presidential election peace pact in Accra, on December 4, 2020, forward of the December 7, 2020, presidential elections. 
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Ghanaians awaited outcomes on Tuesday from presidential and parliamentary elections that handed off peacefully, reaffirming the nation’s repute for stability in a troubled area.

Results are anticipated to be shut between President Nana Akufo-Addo, 76, of the center-right New Patriotic Party (NPP) working for a second time period, and his predecessor, John Mahama, of the center-left National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Residents of the seaside capital Accra went about their every day routines as regular on Tuesday — amongst them was Abdulkarim Al Hassan, repairing cellphones in a small store.

“I’m happy that there was no conflict or confusion but I’m sad that my winner appears to be losing,” mentioned the 32-year-old who voted for Mahama.

“I’m disappointed but life goes on.”

Provisional estimates have been put out by the presidency Tuesday morning however solely the electoral fee can launch official outcomes.

According to the presidency’s tally from 91 p.c of polling stations, Akufo-Addo acquired 52.25 p.c of votes and Mahama 46.44 p.c.

 

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– ‘Isolated challenges’ –

The electoral fee has urged the general public to attend, saying it was “working round the clock to ensure that the collated results are accurate and a true reflection of the will of the people”.

“The commission will release all the certified results as soon as they are received,” it mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

At a polling station in Accra’s Jamestown neighbourhood, dozens of election workers spent the night time counting ballots whereas get together officers, journalists and election observers watched, some half asleep.

Outside the gates, guarded by a police tank and a handful of armed guards, some residents of the poor neighbourhood have been nervous.

“People are saying NDC won but I voted NPP!” mentioned Rebecca Vorsah, a 20-year-old pupil among the many nation’s 17 million registered voters.

Some 12,000 observers deployed on voting day throughout Ghana gave the method a clear little bit of well being with only a few incidents of intimidation reported.

“While there were some challenges, these challenges were isolated and did not undermine the process’s overall credibility,” a coalition of observers, CODEO, mentioned in an announcement Tuesday.

– Economic woes forward –

There has by no means been a second-round in Ghanaian elections and the 2 predominant events have handed over energy peacefully seven occasions because the return of democracy greater than 30 years in the past.

Post-electoral grievances have all the time been pursued via the courts.

Twelve candidates total are vying for the nation’s high job whereas members of parliament are competing for 275 seats.

To guarantee its continued custom of peaceable polls, the 2 predominant presidential candidates Akufo-Addo and Mahama on Friday signed a symbolic peace pact.

The stability in Ghana contrasts with that of different nations within the area, with lethal unrest this 12 months in Guinea and Ivory Coast.

Key points that voters need the following authorities to deal with included unemployment, infrastructure, training, and well being.

The world’s second-largest cocoa-producing nation has made big strides within the final 20 years however many individuals nonetheless reside in excessive poverty and the nation faces mounting debt.

Ghana may face a recession in 2021 with double-digit inflation, in accordance with Damina Advisors, a political danger consultancy.

-AFP

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