Ghana: Cliffhanger moment as Mahama seeks rerun
By John Eche
Ghana is in a cliffhanger moment following the decision of the opposition to formally challenge the declared win of the ruling party in the recently conducted presidential polls in the country, The Difference can report.
At the close of the contest, the Electoral Commission posted a return in favour of incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo over and above the bid by former President John Mahama to return to office.
While Mahama flew the flag of the National Democratic Congress, NDC, Akufo-Addo was the candidate of the New Patriotic Party, NPP.
At the close of the contest, the Electoral Commission announced that Nana Akufo-Addo had been re-elected after scoring 51.59 percent of the total votes cast. Though it subsequently admitted some material inaccuracies in the results it had posted, it however still maintained that that was not substantial enough to invalidate its declared outcome. But Mahama and the NDC think otherwise.
Feelers from Accra at the moment indicate that pundits are trying to wager their bets as to how the pendulum will finally swing after the respective parties would have pleaded their case before the courts.
While some see this as a replay of sorts of the 2012 challenge when a similarly quite close showing between the two contenders had also gone to the courts for adjudication, the opposition in particular is already contending that given what they perceive to already be a pro-incumbency tilt in the judicial system, they had quite few chances of expecting a ruling in their favour from the courts.
Opposition challenger and former President, John Mahama