ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama said on Tuesday he will press foreign energy and mining firms for more revenue during his new term, won in elections he said proved the strength of democracy in the West African state.
He said the cocoa, oil and gold-exporting country would respect existing contracts, but would seek to convince companies to agree changes to boost the state take from taxes and royalties.
ACCRA, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Ghana’s main opposition party said
on Tuesday it will challenge in court the result of last week’s
election that incumbent president John Dramani Mahama won with
50.7 percent of the vote.
The New Patriotic Party, whose leader Nana Akufo-Addo lost
to Mahama, said electoral workers tampered with the result of
the Dec. 7 vote – which was widely seen as a test for democracy
in one of Africa’s most stable nations.
ACCRA, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Newly elected Ghanaian President
John Dramani Mahama on Monday urged his defeated political
opponents to join him “as partners” to improve the West African
state, as his chief rival threatened to launch a court battle
over the poll results.
Mahama was declared winner of the Dec. 7 election, which was
widely seen as a test of whether country – one of the fastest
growing economies in Africa – can maintain its reputation as a
pillar of democracy in a troubled region.
ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s electoral authorities said on Sunday incumbent leader John Dramani Mahama won a new term as president in the West African state in an election the opposition claimed was marred by tampering.
Mahama, who replaced former president John Atta Mills after his death in July, took 50.7 percent of the ballots cast – just enough to avoid a run-off with his chief rival Nana Akufo-Addo.
ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s main opposition party said on Sunday the country’s presidential and parliamentary election had been rigged by electoral workers, raising concerns of unrest in a nation seen as a bulwark of African democracy.
Security forces used teargas to disperse hundreds of supporters of the New Patriotic Party protesting in front of the electoral commission building in the capital Accra, where officials were expected to announce results from the poll.
ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s main opposition party said on Sunday the country’s presidential election had been rigged, raising concerns of unrest in a nation seen as a bulwark of democracy in an unstable region.
The National Patriotic Party called on the electoral commission to delay announcing results hours after local media projected its candidate Nana Akufo-Addo had narrowly lost to incumbent John Dramani Mahama.
ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghanaians waited anxiously on Sunday for results to a leadership election that was fraught with technical problems, but which officials hope will still burnish the country’s reputation as a pillar of African democracy.
A leading local news outlet that was compiling results credited incumbent John Dramani Mahama with victory on Sunday, contradicting claims from the party of his top rival, Nana Akufo-Addo.
ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana electoral workers tallied final ballots on Saturday in a tight election troubled by delays and technical glitches, but which officials hope will burnish the country’s reputation as a model democracy in Africa.
Incumbent President John Dramani Mahama was in a near-deadlock with rival Nana Akufo-Addo, according to early unofficial results, raising the prospect of a repeat of the close race in 2008 that pushed Ghana to the brink of chaos.
ACCRA, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Exhausted Ghanaians queued up for a
second day to cast their ballots in presidential and
parliamentary elections on Saturday after technical hitches
forced authorities to extend voting in some areas.
The decision was broadly accepted by Ghanaians who hope the
poll will burnish their country’s reputation as a bulwark of
democracy and progress in a region better known for civil wars,
coups and corruption.
ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana extended voting in its presidential election into a second day, officials said on Friday, after a rash of technical problems prevented thousands of people in the West African state from casting their ballots on time.
The decision was broadly accepted by political parties and voters, who hoped the poll would entrench Ghana’s reputation as a bulwark of democracy and progress in a region better known for civil wars, coups and corruption.