President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana won re-election with 51.59 percent of the vote, election commission results showed on Wednesday, as the West African country was gripped by deadly violence.
The findings follow a divisive survey that both candidates had said they were leading based on the tallies of their camps. Since Monday, five individuals have been killed in election violence, police said, marring what observers said was a well-organized vote.
The Ghanaian Police Service said it had reported over 60 incidents at a vote on Monday in which President Nana Akufo-Addo ran for re-election against his main opponent, former President John Mahama, and 10 other candidates.
Twenty-one of the events are real electoral violence cases, six of which involve shootings resulting in five being killed,” it said.”
In line with its status as one of the most stable democracies in West Africa, independent observers this week congratulated Ghana for holding relatively peaceful polls.
But tensions have risen as the Mahama and Akufo-Addo camps said their tallies revealed their leading candidate.
Ahmed Idris of Al Jazeera, reporting from the capital Accra, said There were issues on election day about the voting procedure, then immediately after the vote there were complaints about how the outcome was sorted out.”
What we are hearing right now is that there have been demonstrations by the opposition party in the city of Tamale alleging that there have been some irregularities and attempts to subvert people’s will.
“We understand that an incident has occurred at the headquarters of the electoral commission, and we have seen, in the last few minutes or so, that the military police and other paramilitary organizations are making sure that there is no breakdown of law and order.”