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Ghana Election: Incumbent President, Nana Akufo-Addo wins after a long struggle

The incumbent President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has finally been declared as the winner of the 2020 polls ahead of his main contender, former President John Dramani Mahama.

Relative to the previous election where the then-candidate, Akufo-Addo polled close to a million votes in a landslide victory, the current election has been closely contested.

According to the certified results from the Ghanaian Electoral Commission, President Nana Addo and the flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party amassed 51.59% of the total votes cast whilst the opposition leader and the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress got 47.36%.

The electoral commission did not mention the parliamentary results but according to reports from credible media outlets, there are 275 constituencies. Out of that, the two major parties have shared the seats thus, 137 each with the remaining being an independent candidate.

Per the parliamentary results, the ruling party has lost a considerable number of seats to the opposition. This many believe may affect decision making in parliament. 

COMPLAINS OF ELECTORAL FRAUD

The opposition NDC made some allegations of some manipulations of results and the use of the military to subvert results in some constituencies. This was made public during a press conference featuring the former president and Flag bearer, John Dramani Mahama and the top Party executives. The party called on the international community to look into these issues.

The ruling party equally complained of a double voting of plus 1 (+1) in one of the Constituencies; the party’s general secretary assured that that case will be contested in court. 

ELECTORAL VIOLENCE

The election was not 100% violence free as there were gunshots at certain electoral constituencies such as Odododiodio constituency recorded two deaths while the Techiman South constituency in the Bono East Region also recorded two deaths. Again, one death was reported in Savelugu constituency in the Northern Region. 

This was confirmed by Superintendent Sheila Kessie Buckman, the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana police service during an interview on a local TV station (TV3)

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