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Opposition candidate stays ahead in Ghana vote count

Opposition candidate stays ahead in Ghana vote count

Tensions mounted in Ghana yesterday ahead of the declaration of the result of the country's presidential election where opposition candidate John Atta-Mills has claimed victory.
Hundreds of opposition activists gathered outside the headquarters of the Electoral Commission where witnesses said police fired tear gas and warning shots on Monday night in a bid to disperse the crowd.
With 200 of the 230 constituencies counted, the commission said Atta-Mills of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had 52.17 percent of the ballots against 47.9 percent for Nana Akufo-Addo of the ruling New Patriotic Party.
Atta-Mills said there had been an attempt at "manipulation" of the results.
"The figures show clearly that I have won the election. I'm only waiting for the electoral commission to declare me winner. I've full confidence that the EC will do what is right," Atta-Mills told journalists overnight.
The commission was expected to release full results from the election around 1200 GMT.
Hundreds of opposition protestors kept an all-night vigil outside the commission headquarters in Accra in protest at perceived attempts to manipulate the outcome of Sunday's vote.
AFP reporters saw chanting activists, some wielding sticks, outside the heavily-guarded offices. A truck draped in NDC party flags was parked in the middle of a road nearby.
An opposition source alleged the ruling NPP and a commission member had tried to introduce a fresh set of "bloated" figures from Ashanti region, an NPP stronghold.
The new figures, the source said, showed turnout way higher than initial figures from the same region transmitted earlier Monday.
At an overnight news conference, Atta-Mills said he would not accept doctored resuts.
"I am not going to accept any fraudulent results from the electoral commission. It is very important that we respect the will of the people and not try to impose anybody to govern Ghanaians," Mills told reporters at his office which was also besieged by dozens of supporters.
"We have marshalled here because there are attempts at manipulation of the results. This vote is not going to be stolen, that is why we are here," one protestor said.
"We even hear that the government (ruling party) is trying to go to court to stop the announcement of the results, we want the results now," he added.
The ruling NPP criticized what it said was a premature claim of victory. "It's not over until it's over... by the closeness of this election, anything could happen," national chairman Peter MacManu said.


Updated : 2021-06-14 06:00 GMT+08:00