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