JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA
Ghana president re-elected for 2nd term in tight race
Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addoin arrives to vote at a polling station in Accra, Ghana, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Ofoe Amegavie)ACCRA – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been re-elected for a second term after a tightly contested election, Ghana's election commission said Wednesday. Most of the other candidates in the election congratulated Akufo-Addo, but Mahama had not yet spoken. This was the third time Akufo-Addo and Mahama faced off. Mahama won the 2012 elections, but lost in 2016 to Akufo-Addo.
Ghana votes for president in test of country's stability
People line up to vote at a polling station in Accra, Ghana, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Ghana has held peaceful, free, fair, and transparent elections for nearly two decades — this will be the eighth consecutive election since the country's return to multi-party democracy in 1992. President Akufo-Addo voted in his constituency at Kyebi in the Eastern Region. Both Akufo-Addo and former president Mahama have campaigned on anti-corruption platforms, while trading accusations against each other. In his Sunday address, Akufo-Addo added: “The entire world is looking up to us to maintain our status as a beacon of democracy, peace, and stability.
Ghana heads to polls next week as democracy tested in region
Ghana has held peaceful, free, fair and transparent elections for nearly two decades — this will be the eighth consecutive election since the return to multi-party democracy in 1992. Both President Akufo-Addo and former President Mahama have campaigned on anti-corruption platforms, while trading accusations against each other. “l am very worried that there is likely to be some trouble during this election," said Sitsofe Mifetu, a businessman in Accra. Ghana has about 17 million people registered to vote at more than 33,000 polling stations for the president and 275 legislative seats. Experts say it is likely Akufo-Addo will win the election, though he would have to get more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a second round.