Ghanaians are awaiting the official results in their presidential election, though the opposition is calling on the incumbent to concede. Nathan Frandino reports.
(Reuters) – With vote counting underway in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, the country’s opposition party is urging the incumbent to concede.
The New Patriotic Party say its candidate Nana Akufo-Addo won more than 53 percent of the vote, according to its own count, while President John Mahama garnered nearly 45 percent.
Sammy Awuku is the NPP’s national youth organizer.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NPP NATIONAL YOUTH ORGANISER, SAMMY AWUKU, SAYING:
“Per our provisional results, it is absolutely clear that the NPP has won a landslide victory.
But Mahama’s National Democratic Congress party is countering that claim.
Kweku Anyidoho is the party’s deputy general secretary.
NDC DEPUTY GENERAL SECRETARY, KWEKU ANYIDOHO,
“They are churning out figures and trying to bamboozle Ghanaians, but those figures are wrong figures.”
The race had been too close to call on Wednesday night.
Election observers say the vote showed few problems.
One constituency’s vote was re-scheduled for Thursday due to security concerns and logistical problems.
But overall, Eric Kofi Dzakpasu of the electoral commission says it went smoothly.
He’s urging the public to remain calm.
ELECTORAL COMMISSION HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS, ERIC KOFI DZAKPASU,
“We want to assure the people of this country again that the commission is on course to delivering a credible free and fair election.”
He says results will be ready by Saturday at the latest.