Church leaders urge calm as Supreme Court recounts votes in Ghana’s General Election: The Church of England Newspaper, June 9, 2013, p 6. June 13, 2013Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of the Province of West Africa.
Tags: Festus Yeboah Asuamah, John Mahama, Nana Akufo-Addo
Anglican leaders in West Africa have appealed to Ghanaians to set aside political passions and accept with good grace the forthcoming ruling by the country’s Supreme Court on the validity of the 2012 presidential election.
In a sermon delivered last week at a building dedication ceremony in Nkoranza, the Bishop of Sunyani, the Rt. Rev Festus Yeboah Asuamah, called on Christians, Muslims and followers of traditional African religions to pray for peace.
The opposition has challenged the results of the 7 December 2012 general election that selected a president and 275 members of Parliament. The Electoral Commission declared incumbent president John Mahama winner with 50.7 per cent of the vote cast with his principal challenger Nana Akufo-Addo receiving 47.74 per cent of the vote.
Mr. Akufo-Addo’s New Patriotic Party has alleged fraud and filed a petition with the Ghanaian Supreme Court to review the election results. The NPP claims that the results as stated immediately after their counting in polling stations differ from those used by the Electoral Commission to tally regional votes. The court is currently comparing 11,000 “pink sheets” from local polling stations with the totals reported by the commission.
Dr. Asuamah called for Ghanaians to abide by whatever decision is down by the court and urged “peace and understanding among the people to prevent national division on partisan politics,” Ghana web reported.