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President John Dramani Mahama delivering his concession speech at his residence

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President John Dramani Mahama has expressed gratitude to the Ghanaian people for the opportunity to serve in the highest office of the land, saying though that he would have cherished a further service in that capacity.

President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians that he would work assiduously to put the country back on the path of economic progress.

In an acceptance speech closely following the Electoral Commission’s declaration that he won the 2016 polls, Nana Addo said, “I make this solemn pledge to you. I will not let you down and will do all in my power to live up to your hopes and expectations… I will do my best to serve your interest and put our country back on the path of progress and prosperity.”

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party has officially been declared president-elect of the Republic of Ghana by the Electoral Commission.

Graphic Online can confirm that President John Dramani has called up main opposition leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party to congratulate him as winner of the 2016 presidential race.

Nana Addo speaking to President Mahama on telephone

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President John Dramani Mahama has conceded defeat in the presidential elections. He has consequently called the main opposition leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to congratulate him as winner of the 2016 presidential race.

Reports reaching Graphic Online say representatives of the seven candidates who contested the 2016 presidential elections have begun signing the election results at the Electoral Commission in Accra, suggesting also a declaration of the results and ultimate winner could follow this evening.

Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet

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The Flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet has described as charitable the votes garnered by the party at the 2016 elections.

According to him, although the party campaigned on the need for change based on the myriad of issues challenging the country, the party could not get Ghanaians to jump on the “green train”.

Sena Okity-Duah's Santa Fe vehicle

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A vehicle belonging to a sister of the outgoing Member of Parliament (MP) of the Ledzokuku constituency, Mrs Benita Sena Okity-Duah was on Thursday vandalised at her mother's residence in Accra.

Mr Koku Anyidoho of the NDC and Mr Sammy Awuku of the NPP

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have both laid claim to victory in the presidential election even before the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), who is the returning officer for that election, declares the final certified results.

The Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged supporters of the party and Ghanaians in general to remain calm and focused and await the outcome of the 2016 polls.

Hundreds of supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have besieged the residence of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Nima in Accra, asking him to address them on the outcome of the presidential elections.

The Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has confirmed receiving congratulatory messages from a number of presidential candidates over his victory in the 2016 polls.

The NPP's Mohammed Salisu Bamba lost to NDC's Braimah

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken back the Ejura Sekyedumase constituency seat which it lost to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

K.T. Hammond

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Mr Kobina Tahir Hammond has retained his Adansi Asokwa constituency seat in the Ashanti region.

CODEO Observers reported that “voting generally commenced on time. By 7:15 a.m., 60 per cent had opened (over half of the polling stations).

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The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has scored the electoral process high marks indicating that the arrangements put in place by the Electoral Commission (EC) for setup and opening of polls were adequate for most polling stations nationwide.

NDC's Clement Apaak snatches Builsa South seat from PNC's Azong

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Presidential staffer, Mr Clement Apaak has snatched the Builsa South constituency seat in the Upper East region from the People's National Congress (PNC) candidate, Alhassan Azong.

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The Central Minister, Mr Kweku Ricketts-Hagan has retained the Cape Coast South constituency seat. Ricketts-Hagan, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate polled 20,456 to beat his closest contender, lawyer Michael Arthur Dadzie of the NPP who secured 19,718 votes.

A number of running mates and first ladies cast their votes on Wednesday.

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A number of running mates on Wednesday cast their ballots at their respective polling centres in the national exercise to elect a new crop of leaders for the country. They include the running mates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur; the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Alhaji Mahamadu Bawumia; and the National Democratic Party (NDP), Mr Kojo Mensah Sosuh.

Chairman of the PNC, Mr Bernard Mornah

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The leadership of the People’s National Convention (PNC) has categorically denied that their flagbearer, Dr Edward Nasigri Mahama, has conceded defeat and congratulated Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for victory.

Some NPP supporters in a jubilant mood in the Cape Coast North constituency

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has snatched the Cape Coast North Constituency seat from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The Electoral Commission (EC) has cautioned all political parties to desist from declaring any final results of the general elections on their owns.

The Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, is struggling to keep his head above waters in the Ellembelle Constituency.

Reverend Prof Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the National Peace Council

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The Chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC), Reverend Prof Emmanuel Asante has asked the New Patriotic Party to respect the electoral rules and desist from further declaring themselves winners of the ongoing general elections.

Party agents and voters at Ablekuma Home Care Polling Station at Dansoman in Accra

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Voting generally ended smoothly in many parts of the capital, Accra, yesterday when more than 15 million Ghanaian electorate were expected to participate in the crunch national exercise across the country.

Several polling stations in the Bosomtwe Constituency of the Ashanti region Wednesday recorded high turnout as voters thronged polling centres to elect a president and parliamentary candidates.

Some of the ballot boxes at the collation centre

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Voting at all the Polling Stations in the La Dadekotopon Constituency was peaceful but it's a different issue at the Collation centre at the Labone Senior High school where security personnel on duty have called for reinforcement.

National Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Nuhu Sharubutu

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The Concerned Nima Youth Association (CNYA), an umbrella of youthful groups in Nima in the Ayawaso East Constituency, have asked politicians to desist from influencing their members to perpetrate any violence on the election day because they are committed to peaceful elections.

“Politicians out there should desist from coming to Nima on election day to incite our boys to cause any confusion or mayhem to distract the process because our boys are wise now and are serious with their lives and will not follow somebody to cause any confusion in the country, Ghana needs peace and we support it,” the president of CNYA, Mr Abdulai Mayoka Fiston, told the Daily Graphic last Saturday.

According to him, “Religious leaders, including the National Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, had advised the youth, particularly those in the Muslim communities to pursue peace. In view of that, as an association, we have advised our youth not to follow any politician and cause mayhem on  Election Day.”

Mr Fiston wondered why politicians would not rather engage their family members to engage in such acts of violence, and urged the youth to shun any politician who would try to influence them on December 7.

Leave the voting area

In a special message, Sheikh Sharubutu advised the youth to leave the voting area after casting their ballots today.

“Never should you allow yourselves to be used as agents of violence. Let not any young person be the cause of any drop of blood on election day,” the spiritual leader stressed.

Interventions

For his part, the incumbent Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso East Constituency, Mr Nasser Mahama Toure, reasoned with the youth as to why some would allow themselves to be used by politicians to derail the electoral process.

“I have, therefore, been engaging the leadership of these youthful groups to try and see how to address their problems,”he said.

Mr Toure expressed optimism at retaining the seat,.

Counting has begun at most polling stations in the Shai Osudoku Constituency of the Greater Accra Region, reports Mabel Aku Baneseh and Chris Nunoo. 

Counting is underway at various polling stations across the country as the Electoral Commission (EC) as voting came to an end at 5pm.

Some prospective voters going through a voting process

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The journey to the 2016 Election has been chequered since the beginning of the Fourth Republican Dispensation in 1992.

Though the country has been globally acclaimed as an oasis of peace reaping the dividends of democracy within the sub-region, the journey so far has not been rosy and has had to scale over many hurdles.

Following agitation for a return to constitutional rule, the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) was created to collate views on whether the country was ready for multi-party democracy. The National Commission for Democracy (NCD) under the Chair of the late Justice D.F. Annan toured the country to gather views on that and after the submission of its report, the PNDC constituted the Consultative Assembly to craft the 1992 Constitution.

After a referendum in March 1992, the tonic was set for the establishment of political parties. This started with groupings such as the Busia-Danquah Club which metamorphosed into the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the EGLE (Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere) Club which later merged with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to campaign for then Head of State Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings to win the 1992 presidential election.

Controversies

The journey towards Ghana’s multi-party democratic election since 1992 witnessed a number of controversies which at some points threatened the march for a government of the people.

The presidential election was held on November 3, 1992 whilst the parliamentary was held on December 29, 1992 with 200 seats for grabs. Interestingly, only 28.1 per cent of registered voters turned out for the parliamentary election. Though international election observers considered the preceding presidential election to have been conducted in a free and fair manner,  the opposition NPP claimed the election was fraudulent and, therefore, boycotted the parliamentary election after its defeat in the presidential election, citing rigging by the NDC.

Seven political parties contested in the 1992 Election. They were the NDC, NPP, the People’s National Convention (PNC), the National Independence Party (NIP), the People’s Heritage Party (PHP), the National Convention Party (NCP) and the EGLE Party. The NCP and the EGLE entered into an alliance with the NDC.

Before then, Ghana had had its last election under the Third Republic in 1979, 13 years earlier.

1992 election results

In the 1992 polls, out of the 7,401,370 registered voters, the late Prof. Albert Adu-Boahen of the NPP garnered 1,204,764, representing 30.29 per cent; J.J. Rawlings garnered 2,323,140, representing 58.40 per cent; followed by the late former President, Dr Hilla Limann of the PNC, with 266,710, representing 6.0 per cent. Kwabena Darko of the NIP had 113,629 translating into 2.86 per cent and General Erskine’s 69, 827 translating into 1.76 per cent.

The PNDC set up the Interim National Electoral Commission (INEC) under the chair of the late Justice Josiah Ofori-Boateng, ably supported by Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan and the late Esumuajahene, Nana Oduro Numapau II, who supervised the first election under the Fourth Republican dispensation.

Afari Gyan takes over

Dr Afari Gyan then took over the saddle as the Chairperson of the INEC, now called the Electoral Commission (EC), tasked with the supervision of the 1996 election which he managed successfully.

1996 results

The NDC’s J.J. Rawlings garnered 4,099,465, NPP’s J.A. Kufuor had 2,870,878 and the PNC’s Edward Mahama got 211,136.

After President Rawlings ended his eight-year term from 1992 to 2000, the race was now between his Vice, the late Prof. John Evans Atta Mills and John Agyekum Kufuor of the NPP, which saw Mr Kufuor winning the 2000 election after a run-off.

2000 and 2004 results

The NPP’s John Agyekum Kufuor got 3,131, 739 (48 .40 %), NDC’s John Atta Mills had 2,895,575 (44.80 %), PNC’s Edward Mahama polled 189,659 (2.50 %), with CPP’s George Hagan getting 115,641 (1.80 %)

The National Reform Party’s (NRP) Augustus Goosieh Tanoh garnered 78,629 (1.10 %), Great Consolidated People’s Party’s (GCPP) Dan Lartey had 67, 504 ( 1.00 %), while the United Ghana Movement’s (UGM) Wereko Brobbey polled 22,123 (0.3 %).

However in 2004, another controversy which emerged threatened to derail the democratic gains as some bigwigs in the NDC claimed the NPP had rigged the election, arguing that the then Chair of the NPP, the late Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey, had unilaterally sat in the comfort of the Castle Gardens and declared the results of that election in his party’s favour.

Prof. Atta Mills, who referred to himself as the “Asomdweehen,” refused to bow to pressures from his party bigwigs and accepted the results of the election, anchoring his faith in the principle that, ‘’It is only God who crowns kings’’ and, therefore, decided to bide his time.

The NPP’s John Agyekum Kufuor got 4,524,074 (52.45 %), NDC’s John Atta Mills had 3,850,368 (44.64 %), PNC’s Edward Mahama polled 165,375 (1.92 %) and the CPP’s George Aggudey garnered 85,968 (1.00 %)

Events in 2008

President Kufuor also had his two terms of office from 2000 to 2008 and his heir apparent, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, emerged as the NPP’s flag bearer to contest Prof. Atta-Mills of the NDC who was gunning for the presidency the second time in 2008.

Events were to unfold in the 2008 Election as election in a constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region, Tain, could not be held due to the late arrival of election materials. As a result, the election for that constituency had to be rescheduled. The leadership of the NPP and Nana Akufo-Addo once again, as happened in the 1992 parliamentary election, boycotted the rescheduled election in that constituency and paved the way for the NDC to regain political power in January 7, 2009.

2008 Results (First and second rounds)

In the first round of the 2008 election, the NDC’s John Atta Mills got 4,056,634 (47.9 %), NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo had 4,159,439 (49.13 %) and the CPP’s Papa Kwesi Nduom polled 113,494 (1.34 %). Others are the PNC’s Edward Mahama who got 73,494 (0.87 %), DFP’s Emmanuel Ansah-Antwi who gathered 27,889 (0.33 %), DPP’s Thomas Nuako Ward-Brew with 8,653 (0.08 %), Kwesi Amoafo-Yeboah, an independent candidate, who garnered 19,342 (0.23 %), and RPD’s Kwabena Adjei, who also got 6,889 (0.08 %)

In the second round, NDC’s John Atta Mills got 4,521,032 (50.23 %) whilst the NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo got 4,480,446 (49.77 %)

2012 presidential election

Things turned sour in the 2012 Election when the NPP’s presidential candidate and the national chairman refused to accept the results of the election and petitioned the Supreme Court, urging the apex court to overturn the results of the election in their favour, citing irregularities as their reason.

In the case that was popularly dubbed the ‘’pink sheet’’, it took the Supreme Court about eight months to affirm the legitimacy of the 2012 election which declared Mahama as ‘’de jure’’ President of the Republic.

President John Dramani Mahama of the NDC listed 5,574,761, representing 50.70 per cent,  with Nana Akufo-Addo recording 47.74 per cent  and Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the PPP registering 64,362 in the percentage of 0.59. Dr Henry Herbert Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) polled 38,223 on a percentage of 0.35, Hassan Ayariga of the PNC had 24,617, representing 0.22 per cent , while Michael Abu Sakara Foster of the CPP polled 20,323 (0.18%). Jacob Osei Yeboah, an independent candidate, polled 15,201, representing 0.14 per cent and Akwasi Addai Odike of the UFP garnered 8,877, pointing to 0.08 per cent. 

Charlotte Osei takes over EC

If the six elections held under the Fourth Republican dispensation witnessed some interesting developments, the journey to the seventh election in 2016 has seen more drama than anticipated as some political parties called for radical reforms to the electoral process and the compilation of a new voter register. They claimed the 2012 register was bloated and fraudulent with foreign names and insisted that it should be cleansed ahead of the 2016 crucial election. 

With Dr Afari-Gyan’s retirement after 24 years of dedicated service,  Mrs Charlotte Osei took over as the new EC Chair  to steer the affairs of the commission and conduct the 2016 Election.

The Supreme Court, in its August 30, 2014 ruling, recommended to the election management body to go through a drill of reforms to address the concerns raised during the Supreme Court election petition.

Since then, there have been diverse grounds on how to carry out the reforms with mistrust, suspicion, intolerance, accusations and counter accusation being the order of the day.

Claims of over two million ghosts names

Threats of demonstrations then became rife with opposition groups demanding a new voter’s register.  The contending groups alleged that foreigners, especially Togolese, had their names in the register. The court ordered the removal of the names of persons who used the National Health Insurance Authority Card (NHIA) to register as voters.

The EC came out that it had duly complied with the Supreme Court’s ruling by removing 56,000 persons who registered with the NHIA cards.

Mrs Osei in an attempt to enforce the political parties law ordered registered political parties to submit their audited accounts to the commission, but the two major parties failed to meet the EC’s deadline.

Then came the reckoning time for the presidential candidates to file their nomination forms.

After the deadline, 12 presidential aspirants who according to the EC did not meet some of the conditions spelt out on the nomination forms were disqualified, an issue which raised the political temperature.

Following suits filed by the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) at the Supreme Court to challenge its disqualification, the apex court ruled that all affected candidates should be given the chance to rectify the errors on their forms since their disqualification was an infringement on their fundamental human rights. Whilst some of them took advantage of the court’s ruling to comply with the rules of engagement, others could not make it and thus, the curtain was drawn on the impasse for the EC to proceed with the organisation of the  2016 Election with the balloting for the seven presidential candidates.

They are the CPP, the NDP, the ruling NDC, the PPP, the NPP, the PNC and Mr  Jacob Osei Yeboah, an independent candidate.

The EC has, therefore, managed to navigate the election management process for the election to take place tomorrow, December 7, 2016 from 7 a.m to 5pm.