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John Mahama elected President of Ghana: How the foreign press reported it

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The Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Ghana on Sunday evening declared the incummebent, John Dramani Mahama as the President of Ghana. With Ghana being under the watch of the world’s media since the elections which began on Friday, here is a look at how some international media reported it. BBC: Ghana’s presidential election has been won by incumbent President John Mahama, the electoral commission has announced. The electoral commission said that Mr Mahama had won 50.7% against his NPP rival Nana Akufo-Addo on 47.74%. The announcement came hours after the opposition accused the governing party of conspiring with commission staff to fix Friday’s poll. Police in the capital Accra fired tear gas to disperse opposition protesters from outside the commission’s offices. Roads around the electoral offices were also barricaded by police as the results were announced. “Ladies and gentlemen, based on the results given, I declare John Dramani Mahama president-elect,” electoral commission chief Kwadwo Afari-Gyan told journalists. Ghana, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, is regarded as one of Africa’s most stable democracies. Mr Akufo-Addo lost the 2008 presidential poll by one percentage point, but accepted the result. However, on Sunday his party said they had “enough concrete evidence” to prove that he actually won this year’s election. “The ruling NDC conspired with certain EC staff in constituencies across the country to falsify the election results and thereby abuse the mandate of the people of Ghana,” the party said. “It was this planned, systematic stealing of votes at the collation level that was, thankfully, discovered in time.” The party cited discrepancies between initial tally sheets and the results reported in the media. Al Jazeera: Ghana incumbent President John Dramani Mahama won a new term with 50.7 percent of ballots cast in the West African state’s election, the head of the Electoral Commission announced. “Based on the results, I declare President John Dramani Mahama president elect,” Kwadwo Afari-Gyan told a news conference on Sunday in the capital Accra. Ghana’s main opposition party declared electoral fraud after election results showed the candidate of the governing National Democratic Congress was holding a slim lead. The results came after the National Patriotic Party called on the electoral commission to delay the official announcement of the results, raising concerns about the conduct of the vote in a nation seen as a stable democracy in an unstable region. Privately owned Joy News television said John Dramani Mahama, 54, had 50.03 per cent of the votes against Akufo-Addo’s 48.05 per cent based on provisional results from 261 of 275 districts. It said its findings were based on trends of pre-tallied votes in addition to an analysis of outstanding districts. “It will be unfortunate for the EC [Election Commission] to go ahead to announce the elections,” Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, the NPP chairman, announced in the capital Accra. “We have significant problems and that need to be looked at … These results cannot be forced down the throat of the people of Ghana.” He said the party had raised complaints to the electoral commission in a letter requesting an audit of results before their release. But Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, an election commissioner, told Reuters news agency on Sunday he was not yet aware of the NPP complaint. The vote, which started on Friday and stretched into Saturday amid technical problems, is seen as a test of whether Ghana can maintain 30 years of stability and progress in a region better known for coups, civil wars and corruption. There were a total of eight presidential candidates. In the event that any of the candidates fail to receive at least 50 per cent of the votes, a run-off vote would be held on December 28. Mahama was vice-president until July when he assumed the presidency after his predecessor John Atta Mills died due to an illness.                  ]]>

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