NPP challenges Ghana election outcome

  • Ghana's main opposition party filed a petition on Friday at the Supreme Court to challenge President John Mahama's victory in this month's polls.

    The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has rejected the results of the December 7 election, alleging fraud.

    According to the election commission, Mahama won with 50.7 percent of votes, enough to avoid a run-off against NPP candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, who secured 47.7 percent of the vote

    International election observers have described the poll as free and fair.

    In 2008, Akufo-Addo lost the presidential run-off by one percentage point but accepted the result.

    The NPP said it had waited to file its challenge until it had assessed data from 26,000 polling stations.

    According to the NPP, it found irregularities regarding cases of over voting and occasions when people not registered by a biometric fingerprinting system were able to vote.

    The case is expected to be heard in three weeks.

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