Ghanaian opposition challenges presidential results in court ~ #AFP:

In this request filed by Mr. Mahama, and consulted by AFP, the opposition leader says that the presidential election was marred by fraud, and that its result must be annulled.

The complainant asks the courts that“an ordinance directs the Electoral Commission to conduct a second election”, because its results are “unconstitutional, null and void”.

Forty-eight hours after the December 7 poll, the Election Commission announced that outgoing President Nana Akufo-Addo was re-elected with 51.59% of the vote, against 47.36% for the opposition candidate National Democratic Congress (NDC), his predecessor John Mahama.

Only 515,524 votes separate the two candidates.

The opposition then immediately contested his defeat in front of the press.

According to international and local observers, the ballot took place in general calm. Five people were however killed in violence on the day of the vote and count, according to the police.

Apart from these sporadic incidents, the election was generally hailed as an example in West Africa, plagued this year by several violent and contested polls, especially in neighboring Côte d’Ivoire.

These two old political opponents faced each other for the third time, with equally close results in the two previous polls.

In 2016, Mr. Akufo-Addo won with 53.8%. Four years earlier, in 2012, it had been Mr. Mahama with 50.7% of the vote.

At the time, Mr. Akufo-Addo contested Mr. Mahama’s victory and lodged an appeal with the same court to invalidate the results.

Eight months later, after intense debates broadcast live on radio and television, justice confirmed Mr. Mahama’s victory.

Shortly after the announcement of the verdict, Nana Akufo-Addo then admitted defeat.

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Source: VOA-AFP.

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