The collapse of the ‘Peoples Party’ vote in the Ghanaian elections.

African Update – 15/12/12

Do they really represent the people? – by Ade Sawyerr

Nearly 72 hours after the close in the polls at the Ghanaian general elections on 7thDecember 2012, the Electoral Commissioner has called the results in what was billed as a hotly contested election.  The speed with which the results have been declared must be the envy of other countries in Africa and the turnout rate of nearly 80% would be appreciated by most matured democracies as a sign of our deepening civic responsibility.

Almost 11 million people voted in 26,002 polling stations across the 275 constituencies in the 10 regions of Ghana.  The winning candidate got about 5.57 million votes, the losing candidate got about 5.24 million votes and the third candidate got, not 1 million votes, not half a million votes, not 100,000 votes but merely 64,362 votes or roughly translated, 234 votes per constituency or 2 votes per polling station!

The losing candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party – NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo is yet to concede defeat and though his party may yet challenge the results at the Supreme Court I doubt very much whether this will make a difference to the results.  The fact of the matter for most people in Ghana is that, with or without the malfunctioning of sophisticated election machines, the election results must not be decided by the courts; elections are political activities and must be decided only by the people.  No one will condone stealing of elections by incumbent governments but the opposition party does not have the moral authority to have the wishes of the people of Ghana set aside by judges.  NPP should learn that conceding defeat is as much a characteristic of an election as their aborted victory celebration.

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