GHANA’s opposition has rejected the presidential and parliamentary election results, a party official said on Wednesday, and intends to take steps to appeal the electoral commission’s decision.
“Overwhelming evidence available makes it impossible for us to accept this spurious and hurried conclusion.
“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,” Haruna Iddrisu, a member of parliament for the National Democratic Congress, NDC, said after the electoral commission announced that President Akufo-Addo had won Monday’s vote with 51.59 percent beating NDC’s leader, John Mahama’s 47.36 percent.
The West African country is known for its stable democracy but tensions rose Tuesday after Mahama claimed to have won a parliamentary majority and warned Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party, NPP, against stealing the vote.
Mahama, 62, noted that Akufo-Addo, 76, had harnessed the military in a bid to sway the outcome, a claim the government said was false.
“You cannot use the military to try and overturn some results in constituencies that we have won. We will resist any attempt to subvert the sovereign will of the Ghanaian people,” Mahama said.
In a victory speech on Wednesday, the president-elect addressed his jubilant supporters, calling for peace.
“Now is the time, irrespective of political affiliations, to unite, join hands and stand shoulder to shoulder,” Akufo-Addo said.
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