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Tuesday 17 July 2018
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#GhanaElections: We have not announced results – EC

 

Jaman North rescheduled voting may delay outcome

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By John Eche

 

An anxious nation is waiting for the outcome of the presidential and parliamentary polls even as the counting and collation of the final tally of votes in the #GhanaElections is still ongoing.

The battle at the moment is being waged in social media.

Responding to posts, claiming an early lead for opposition candidate, Nana Akufo Addo, the Electoral Commission screamed! 

‘@ECGhanaOfficial 1h

THIS IS FAKE!!!! THIS IS FAKE!!!! THIS IS NOT FROM THE EC. DISREGARD COMPLETELY!!!! @GhanaDecides @Citi973 @Joy997FM @newsontv3 pic.twitter.com/LMGktQwG0p

Earlier, the commission’s website had gone down and returned but then it continued to complain that ‘its enemies were yet at work!

‘Electoral Commission

@ECGhanaOfficial 1h

We deplore the attempt to hack the EC’s website. Please respect the integrity and independence of the EC’

Overall however, polity watchers say that the generally peaceful nature of the exercise yesterday has at the moment continued to demonstrate why the country is widely regarded as being ‘Africa’s pre-eminent democratic hope.’

Despite a few incidents here and there, including one that has necessitated the rescheduling of elections in Jaman North – which now holds today – the consensus is that the nation has continued to hold its own in the critical arena of electoral processes and fairness.

The waiting game for the results however continues, and is indeed being accentuated by the supplementary voting in Jaman North. To be or not to be? Will it be a returning President John Dramani Mahama OR a triumphant Nana Akufo Addo? The Difference is remaining on the beat and will keep you posted as events develop.

The state of the national economy has been a major issue in the polls, which is coming a few days after the surprise upset in another West African nation, the Gambia, which say the 22-yer old dictatorship of the controversial despot, General Sheikh Dr Alhaji Yahyah Jammeh come tumbling down.

Ghana, formerly regarded as the Gold Coast equally holds the distinction of being the first West African colonial enclave to formally gain Independence from erstwhile European overlords that had whimsically shared the continent amongst themselves during a conference held in Berlin, Germany in 1884-1885. 

Analysts say if current trends continue, Ghana’s democracy will continue to be an example in the sub-region given that the country does not get locked down during elections, even as ethnic and religious divisions, have also not over time registered as critical issues of concern at such moments as is the case in several other nations within the sub-region and continent.

 

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