Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 Presidential Elections: Ghana

This is the eleventh in a series of posts on the numerous presidential elections this year. The  first ten posts were on the elections in Taiwan, Russia, Senegal, France, Egypt, Paraguay (not technically an election), Mexico, Venezuela, the U.S., and China (not technically presidential or an election).

John Mahama actually became president of Ghana in July 2012; he was the vice president and assumed the presidency when his predecessor died. But then he went on to win the Ghanaian presidential election in December of this year.

This is bad news for those (the opposition) who believe there was corruption on the part of Mahama and his party. They are going to court over it, which of course has happened elsewhere this year and before and will likely not lead to any changes in the election results.

This is good news for those who were in charge of the election and who observed the election and believe it was a fair, democratic election, in one of Africa's leading democracies.

On a side note, it is interesting to note that Mahama, calling as would be expected for all parties to respect the election results, not only appealed to the "voice of the people" but even to God. In the BBC article, he is quoted as saying," "The voice of the people is the voice of God."

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