United States Congratulates John Mahama and People of Ghana
Date and Time: Dec 11, 2012 03:12 (GMT)
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Washington DC..... The United States has congratulated President John Dramani Mahama and the people of Ghana for the successful election on December 7.A statement issued by White House press secretary Jay Carney, said " Nearly 80% of the electorate voted, continuing the Ghanaian tradition of widespread public participation in the democratic process". He said this is the sixth successful presidential and parliamentary election since 1992, and further demonstrates the people of Ghana’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law. The statement encouraged all parties to accept the results and to use the appropriate legal processes to resolve any electoral disputes. He stated the United States places a high value on its long-standing friendship and partnership with Ghana and the Ghanaian people and look forward to strengthening that bond by working with President Mahama and the people of Ghana to ensure prosperity, peace, and further democratic development of Ghana and the region.
Ghana's election was extended by one day due to what the electoral commission called minor glitch in the biometric machines it acquired for the election exercise.The main opposition ,the New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it is heading for court to challenge the results due to what the party termed as "massaging figures" to favor the incumbent.Meanwhile international observers say the elections were free,fair and transparent and urged the presidential nominee of the New patriotic Party to accept the results as it reflects the will of the people.
Source:Ekow Shalders(ABS NEWS,USA)
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