GHANA EXAMINES VOTE FRAUD CLAIMS


Ghana poll monitors are probing claims of fraud as partial unofficial results suggest the presidential vote count remains too close to call. Local media project the opposition’s John Atta Mills has a slender lead over the governing party’s Nana Akufo-Addo.

ghana-todayThere have been claims by both sides of intimidation, physical assault against polling officials and multiple voting. Mr. Akufo-Addo narrowly beat his rival in the first round on 7 December but not by enough to avoid the run-off.

According to partial unofficial results, the opposition candidate has some 4.23m votes against 4.13m for Mr Akufo-Addo, from 213 out of a total 230 constituencies, reports privately-owned Joy FM radio. The final official outcome is expected on Tuesday.

Both men hope to succeed President John Kufuor, who has served two terms. The stakes are high as Ghana has just found oil. The two main political parties – the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Mr Atta Mills – both complained about apparent efforts to rig the vote.

SOURCED FROM BBC.

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