Ghana’s Opposition NPP to Contest Vote Results in Court

Ghana’s main opposition party, whose leader Nana Akufo-Addo lost the Dec. 7 presidential election, plans to contest the results in court in the West African nation.

“We are going to court tomorrow to contest the results, we are gathering evidence,” Nana Akomea, communications director for the party, said by phone today. The NPP has found “big discrepancies in the results from the constituencies and those announced by the Electoral Commission.”

Akufo-Addo got 47.7 percent of votes, commission Chairman Kwadwo Afari-Gyan told reporters yesterday in Accra, the capital. John Dramani Mahama of the ruling National Democratic Congress won with 50.7 percent, he said.

NPP supporters gathered at the commission’s office in Accra yesterday and were pushed back by police on horseback. In a statement late yesterday, party General-Secretary Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie urged backers to remain calm.

“I call on all leaders of political parties that participated in this election to respect the voice of the people,” Mahama told reporters after the results were announced. “We must celebrate together as Ghanaians and let’s refrain from any act that will disturb the peace and order that this country continues to enjoy.”

Ghana’s cedi gained 0.1 percent to 1.8895 a dollar by 9:53 a.m., according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The yield on the country’s $750 million of Eurobonds was little changed from the Dec. 7 close, trading at 4.97 percent.

The country’s Supreme Court has “original jurisdiction in all election disputes” relating to the presidential ballot, according to a document on the judiciary’s website.

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