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President Akufo-Addo won Monday’s poll with 51.59% of the vote as deadly violence gripped the country.

Ghana’s opposition rejected the results of the presidential and parliamentary elections after President Nana Akufo-Addo was announced the winner with 51.59% of the vote.

“The overwhelming evidence available prevents us from accepting this spurious and hasty conclusion,” Haruna Iddrisu, member of parliament from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, said Wednesday evening.

NDC leader former President John Mahama won 47.36% of the vote, according to the results announced.

“We intend to take decisive and concrete steps, both with the presidential and parliamentary results, to reverse this brazen and shameless attack on our democracy,” Iddrissu said at a press conference in the capital. , Accra.

The results follow a controversial poll that found both candidates to be leading based on their party figures.

Election-related violence

Ghana’s police service said it recorded more than 60 incidents in Monday’s vote, in which Akufo-Addo stood for re-election against his main rival Mahama and 10 other candidates.

Five people have been killed in election-related violence since Monday, police said, marring what observers called a well-organized vote.

The West African country is known for its stable democracy, but tensions escalated Tuesday after Mahama claimed to have won a parliamentary majority and warned Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), against theft of votes.

Mahama, 62, accused Akufo-Addo, 76, of mobilizing the military in an attempt to influence the outcome, a claim the government has called false.

“You can’t use the military to try to reverse some of the results in the ridings that we won. We will resist any attempt to overthrow the sovereign will of the Ghanaian people, ”Mahama said.

In a victory speech on Wednesday, the president-elect addressed his supporters supporters, calling for peace.

“The time has come, regardless of their political affiliations, to unite, unite and stand side by side,” Akufo-Addo said.

Ghana has gone through seven peaceful power transitions since the return to democracy almost 30 years ago, as post-election grievances have so far been dealt with in the courts – a rarity in the troubled region.


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