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Ghana’s President John Mahama was validly elected – Supreme Court

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President John MahamaThe Supreme Court of Ghana says President John Mahama was validly elected in the 2012 December 7 presidential elections.

President of the nine-member panel of the Supreme Court, Justice William Atuguba announced the verdict in Accra today August 29, 2013.

The panel unanimously dismissed the election petition brought forward by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The petition was to challenge the legitimacy of John Mahama as President of the Republic.

The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) on 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) had 5,248 898 of the votes or 47.74%, followed by Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) with 38, 223 votes – that is 0.59%.

Henry Herbert Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) has 38,223 votes or 0.35% of valid votes cast, Hassan Ayariga of the Peoples National Convention (PNC) has 24,617 or 0.22% of valid votes cast. Dr. Abu Sakara of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) has  20, 323 votes making 0.18% of valid votes cast.

The Independent candidate, Jacob Osei Yeboah has 15,201 or 0.14% of valid votes cast and Kwasi Oddai Odike of the United Front Party (UFP) has 8,877 of valid votes cast which is 0.08%.

According to the EC total valid votes cast is 10,995,262 and 251,720 votes were rejected. The results were from all the 275 constituencies around the country.

There was a voter turnout of 79.43%.

By Ekow Quandzie

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  1. Congratulations Ghana. You set the pace in democratic values in the sub region. President Mahama won this election fair and square. The opposition should go and strategize for the next election which should have been the reasonable thing to do but rather they wasted valuable time and money chasing shadows.