Ghana opposition party to challenge results of presidential election in court
The main opposition party in Ghana, which is lead by former President John Mahama, has stated that they will formally challenge the results of last month’s presidential results in a court of law.
Akufo-Addo was declared the winner of the Dec. 7 presidential election with 51.59%, ahead of the opposition National Democratic Party’s (NDC) candidate, former President John Mahama, who had 47.37% of the votes.
The NDC, which has yet to submit evidence of fraud, provided no details regarding the case it would file. The court will be given 42 working days from when hearings start to issue its final decision.
Five people have been killed in election-related violence since Monday, police announced, marring what observers believed was a well-organized vote.
Only one other Ghanaian presidential election, back in 2012, was formally contested by the candidate who had lost. The court turned down Akufo-Addo’s challenge to then-incumbent Mahama’s victory in a historic case that dragged on for nearly eight months.
Opposition’s intentions to hold protests were thwarted last week when the Ghana Police Service secured a court order restraining all protests.
The preparatory measures for the January 7 swearing in of president Akufo-Addo and the new parliament are currently underway.