Ghana Election 2012: Foreign media on John Mahama’s victory

The Electoral Commisssion of Ghana (EC) yesterday December 9, 2012 declared John Dramani Mahama President-elect after the 2012 general elections.

Chairman of the EC, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan announced that John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) received 5, 574,761 votes, or 50.70%.

Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has 5, 248 898 of the votes or 47.74%.

This is how the international media reported the news.

Associated Press: Ghana’s incumbent president declared winner by election commission

President John Dramani Mahama was declared the winner Sunday of Ghana’s recent presidential election, according to provisional results, despite widespread technical glitches with the machines used to identify voters, and over the protest of the country’s opposition, which alleges vote-rigging.

United Press International: Mahama elected Ghana’s president

Ghanaian President John Mahama won election to his first full term, narrowly out-polling challenger Nana Akufo-Addo, election results show.

Reuters: Ghana’s Mahama wins election, opposition cries foul

Ghana’s electoral authorities said on Sunday incumbent leader John Dramani Mahama won a new term as president in the West African state in an election the opposition claimed was marred by tampering.

Mahama, who replaced former president John Atta Mills after his death in July, took 50.7 percent of the ballots cast – just enough to avoid a run-off with his chief rival Nana Akufo-Addo.

Xinhua: Ghanaian President Mahama re-elected

Ghana’s incumbent President John Dramani Mahama of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has won the country’s presidential election, Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) Kwadwo Afari-Gyan said here late Sunday.

Mahama took 5,574,761 votes, or 50.70 percent of the total valid votes cast, while his closest challenger, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) obtained 5,248,898 votes, or 47.74 percent.

The six other candidates who contested Friday’s presidential election in Ghana collectively polled less than 2 percent of the total valid votes cast.

Financial Times (UK): Ghana president elected for new term

Incumbent John Dramani Mahama won a new term as president in Ghana in an election the opposition claimed was marred by vote-rigging, Reuters reports.

Mr Mahama, who replaced John Atta Mills after his death in July, took 50.7 per cent of the ballots cast – just enough to avoid a run-off with his chief rival, Nana Akufo-Addo, according to the state election commission.

Aljazeera: Mahama declared winner of Ghana election

Ghana incumbent President John Dramani Mahama won a new term with 50.7 percent of ballots cast in the West African state’s election, the head of the Electoral Commission announced.

“Based on the results, I declare President John Dramani Mahama president elect,” Kwadwo Afari-Gyan told a news
conference on Sunday in the capital Accra.

Ghana’s main opposition party declared electoral fraud after election results showed the candidate of the governing National Democratic Congress was holding a slim lead.

CNN: Ghana president re-elected

Ghana’s election commission announced Sunday night that the West African nation’s president won re-election, though the main opposition party says it has “credible evidence” the results were manipulated.

In a statement streamed live on the Internet, Electoral Commission Chairman Kwadwo Afari-Gyan declared “John Dramani Mahama president-elect” after securing 50.7% of the vote. Nana Akufo-Addo, the candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), garnered 47.7% of the vote, according to the commission.

“We must celebrate together as Ghanaians and refrain from anything that will derail the peace and unity we have enjoyed over the years,” Mahama told supporters after the result was announced.

Bloomberg: Ghana’s Mahama wins Presidential election with 50.7%

Ghanaian leader John Dramani Mahama won a Dec. 7 presidential election, defeating opposition candidate Nana Akufo-Addo and six others to earn a four-year term leading one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies.

Mahama of the National Democratic Congress got 50.7 percent of votes cast, while Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party took 47.7 percent, Electoral Commission Chairman Kwadwo Afari-Gyan told reporters in Accra, the capital, yesterday. The commission didn’t provide results from the parliamentary election held at the same time.

Compiled by Ekow Quandzie

  1. Enter your name... says

    what an election nigeria should learn from this

  2. Ode-ne-ho says

    Glory be to God, great thing He hath done. We did not carry our blankets, dogs, jery cans, mats etc after the elections. God knows what is good for the country.

  3. Sasabochem says

    Next time, Ghana should avoid these macho men.

  4. Kobbi B. says

    Better luck next time – PPP

  5. Anonymous says

    Congratulations John Mahama,thanks to all Ghanaians for these peaceful election.

  6. Martin Adologo says

    The Ghanaian people just like the American people who reelected Obama are telling Nana Akufo Addo that he got it all wrong when he said during his campaign that the two presidents, that people claim to be youthful, are messing up with the economies of their respective countries.

  7. Anonymous says

    stay strong JM God is with u n your family.
    No shaking u r the winner indeed

  8. Nana says

    Congrats,Mr President.You fought a good fight.Keep focused on the party’s agenda. As for the opposition, only God knows what they mean by manipulation of an election that uses modern technology to ‘biometrically register voters’, ‘biometrically verify a voter’, and one in which votes are counted at the polling station in the full glare of party agents including NPP agents…………..

  9. Enter your name... says

    am happy my party has won convincingly without any doubt. NDC all the way. i dey be keekee

  10. Me. says

    You wouldn’t have won If the election was fair. 4 years of hardship under your governance wont be easy.

  11. Winfred Akyeampong says

    it is Gods handiwork for J.M.s victory

  12. A says

    Liberians should learned a lot from this election result,because they did not vote on tribal, friendship and political lineage but on idealogy, rationalistic and nationalistic lines. Also, the parties was less than 10 inspite of their large population comppare to Liberia with less population and a multiplicity of parties.

  13. Outsider says

    Ghana’s election technology is the best that money can buy.

  14. leroy says

    Thanks be to the Lord for his good work and all Ghanians for the peaceful election,by the power of Jehovah we have got to the promise land

  15. A says

    It is only in the NPP era that everything is wrong.They did same in 2008,could they say it is another stolen verdict? Their own people should refer to Arthur Kenedy’s book page 159.They are always playing tricks but not with ghanaians this time around.

  16. Eyram says

    We thank the almighty God for the good things he has done for mother Ghanan, we pray that the good Lord will keep protecting our elected president and carry him on his wings. May he be guided in all his works. Congrat my Excellency President elect

  17. Amoaful Fobil Kwabena Stephen says

    It is the Lord who has chosen his Excellency President John Dramani Mahama to lead the nation for the next four years. All the people of Ghana say ayekoo!

  18. ali says

    we thank god for the wonders he has done for mother ghana during the elections of 2012.but as for NPP ghanaians and the international community will see their diabolic character.

  19. ASANTE says

    God is the one who instal kings,leaders and presidents.He has done it again.NPP should blame their members and try another time for there is more ahead than destroying your respect ghanaians have for YOU.all my family members voted for NPP except me and they know, but we live happily and lovely for if there is no opposition,there is no opponent.we are all one,one people,and one nation.GOD BLESS GHANA.

  20. bbbbb says

    the plots of the Opposition in Ghana shall never work. God bless our home land Ghana.

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