Posts Tagged ‘elections’

English: John Dramani Mahama, cropped from: UN...

English: John Dramani Mahama, cropped from: UNDP Administrator Helen Clark meets with Ghana’s Vice President John Dramani Mahama during her visit for the Regional Cluster Meeting. UNDP July 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s main opposition party on Friday asked the West African nation’s top court to overturn the result of a December 7 presidential election won by incumbent President John Dramani Mahama over what the party’s leader called irregularities. The poll, which passed peacefully despite technical problems that forced voting into a second day, was seen as a test of stability for one of Africa’s most mature democracies and fastest growing economies.

New Patriotic Party (NPP) leader Nana Akufo-Addo, who came second in the closely fought contest that observers said appeared fair, said his party had evidence to show there were enough irregularities to affect the outcome. “A few minutes ago a petition was filed at the registry of the Supreme Court, challenging the validity of the result of the presidential election,” Akufo-Addo told a news conference in Accra. “This case is not about candidate Mahama or candidate Akufo-Addo. There is a much more important issue at stake which goes to the heart of our democracy and the future of our nation,” he said. (more…)

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Barack Obama’s step-grandmother led celebrations in his ancestral Kenyan homeland today as he rolled to re-election and a second term in the White House. Meanwhile children at his old school in Jakarta celebrated in their classrooms as the results were announced. Sarah Onyango Obama was seen singing and dancing in Nyang’oma Kogelo village where she lives in western Kenya, some 400km north of the capital Nairobi – is also the place where the president’s late father Barack Obama was raised.

Limelight: President Barack Obama’s grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama, (more…)

FOUR years ago, The Economist endorsed Barack Obama for the White House with enthusiasm. So did millions of voters. Next week Americans will trudge to the polls far less hopefully. So (in spirit at least) will this London-based newspaper. Having endured a miserably negative campaign, the world’s most powerful country now has a much more difficult decision to make than it (more…)

The Electoral Commission (EC) said on Tuesday that presidential candidates for Election 2012 had between October 5 and October 17 to fill the forms and had two days, October 17 and 18 to return them to the Returning Officer. The Commission said it was not true that the presidential candidates had only two days to fill forms they collected from the EC between October 5 and October 16. “Those who seek to rule this country must learn first to obey rules and regulations…we must all go by the rules of the game,” Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, EC Chairman, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra.

The EC said all the parties whose presidential candidates’ nominations were rejected were due to their failure to comply with the law and that some of the candidates came with half filled forms, not signed by the two persons from the districts and (more…)

I recently stumbled on a Nigerians For Obama Twitter handle, launched on October 10 this year. “We nigerians in America (sic) want to tell Obama that we have got his back,” the inaugural tweet read. There’s nothing surprising about that — after all, Barack Obama, born of an African man, is “our son.”

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