Ghana Opposition Contest Election Results in Court

Ghana’s opposition New Patriotic Party started its legal challenge of this month’s presidential election in the country’s highest court, contesting results of the vote that was lost by its leader, Nana Akufo-Addo.

The party, which governed in West Africa’s second-biggest economy from 2001 to 2009, issued its petition at the Supreme Court in Accra, the capital, today, Akufo-Addo told reporters and NPP supporters in the city.

“Elections are about those who cast votes, not those who count, collate, supervise or declare results,” he said.

Akufo-Addo, a 68-year-old former foreign minister, got 47.7 percent of the votes cast in the Dec. 7-8 election, according to the country’s electoral commission. John Dramani Mahama, 54, of the ruling National Democratic Congress, who is named in the NPP’s court petition along with the commission, won with 50.7 percent.

A total of 1.3 million votes are in question, said Mahamadu Bawumia, a former deputy central bank governor and the NPP’s vice-presidential candidate. Mahama defeated Akufo-Addo by 326,000 ballots, according to the commission.

More people registered for the presidential vote than the simultaneous parliamentary polls and almost half a million Ghanaians were allowed to vote without using a biometric identity-verification system, Bawumia said, citing the party’s examination of polling data. Some voting documents weren’t signed by electoral commission officials at polling stations and serial numbers on some ballots didn’t match their vote centers, he said.

Ghana’s currency weakened for a second day, declining 0.1 percent to 1.9037 a dollar, the lowest since Dec. 3, by 1:39 p.m. in Accra, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The yield on the country’s $750 million of Eurobonds eased for a third day, retreating 11 basis points to 4.84 percent. A basis point is equal to 0.01 percentage point.

Sylvia Annor, a spokeswoman for the Accra-based electoral commission, didn’t answer two calls made to her mobile phone today. Deputy Information Ministers and NDC members Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and James Agyenim Boateng didn’t answer two calls made to each of the mobile phones.

To contact the reporter on this story: Moses Mozart Dzawu in Accra at mdzawu@bloomberg.net

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