John Mahama declared winner of Ghana election

  • Incumbent John Mahama was declared the winner of Ghana’s presidential elections on Sunday.

    According to the electoral commission, Mahama won 50.7 percent against opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo on 47.74 percent.

    However, the opposition NPP says it will contest the result and accused the ruling NDC party of conspiring with commission staff to fix Friday's poll.

    However, in a draft statement emailed to reporters, the opposition NPP said it would contest the results.

    "This situation, if allowed to go unchallenged and uncorrected, would seriously damage the essence of the electoral process and the substance of democracy in Ghana," the NPP said.

    "The ruling NDC conspired with certain EC (electoral commission) staff in constituencies across the country to falsify the election results and thereby abuse the mandate of the people of Ghana," the party said.

    President Mahama has urged "all leaders of all political parties to respect the voice of the people".

    Akufo-Addo lost the 2008 presidential poll by one percentage point but accepted the result.

    Mahama took over as president after John Atta Mills passed away in July.