Ghana’s Opposition Rejects Election Results

Ghana’s opposition has rejected presidential and parliamentary election results, a party official said late on Wednesday, adding that it 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,” Haruna Iddrisu, a member of parliament for the National Democratic Congress party said after the electoral commission announced President Akufo-Addo had won Monday’s vote with 51.59 percent, beating the NDC’s leader John Mahama’s 47.36 percent.

“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,” said Iddrissu, speaking at a press conference in the capital Accra.

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 against stealing the vote.

Mahama, 62, charged that Akufo-Addo, 76, had harnessed the military in a bid to sway the outcome, a claim the government said was false.

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