Those who want to follow live results of the Ghana 2016 presidential election will have a few options to find up-to-date voting totals and see if John Mahama can convince voters to keep him in power for another four years.
Voters will take to the polls on Wednesday to select the nation’s next president. Mahama looks to face a difficult challenge from Nana Akufo-Addo, who stood out from the pack of a number of opposition candidates.
Since being elected president in 2012, Mahama has overseen a period of slow economic growth as oil prices have plummeted. The nation needed a $918 million bailout from the International Monetary Fund last year, and the IMF said the country could see more slow growth as oil and gas prices remain low, the New York Times reported.
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Nana Akufo-Addo has seized on the uncertainty, delivering a message of change for Ghana voters.
“The atmosphere is ripe for change,” said Perry Okudzeto, a spokesman for Akufo-Addo’s campaign. “The people of Ghana are tired.”
Those who follow live results of the 2016 Ghana presidential election will see if Akufo-Addo’s New Patriotic Party can win with a new approach for the frequent presidential challenger. As the New York Times noted, his strategy in the past has relied on traveling outside of Ghana and securing the support of world leaders, but in the current campaign he has stayed closer to home, building grassroots support.
Nana Akufo-Addo has also gained support among voters for his emphasis on a peaceful election process, the BBC noted. Despite losing in the two previous Ghana presidential elections, Akufo-Addo has encouraged supporters to protest peacefully, and accepted the contentious 2012 results after the Supreme Court upheld the decision.
Those who follow live results of the 2016 Ghana presidential election will see if his message has resonated more with voters this time around. Akufo-Addo has emphasized an industrialization policy that would put factories in all of the nation’s 216 districts and a dam “in every village” in the north to promote agriculture.
“The time has come for us to move our industrial development forward,” he said at an election rally. “There must be jobs in our country. The lack of jobs, which is the case under this government, poses a threat to the future stability of our country.”
At the same time, Mahama has tried to point to the successes he has found in growing Ghana amid difficult conditions, the New York Times noted.
“Mr. Mahama has tried to draw more attention to his infrastructure projects. Last week he unveiled the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, a sprawling facility funded by a $155 million loan from the United States Export-Import Bank. The president has also emphasized his spending on roads, railways and ports, and says future projects will be financed mostly through public-private partnerships and the private sector.”
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Local authorities were also bracing for the prospect of violence of election interference on Wednesday, The Ghanaian Times reported. The police commander of the Ashaiman Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Fleance Senam Adikah, gave a strong warning to anyone who planned attacks on polling places.
“Speaking to the Times, Mr. Adikah assured residents and electorate of Ashaiman that the Division would ensure a peaceful election,” the report noted. “He said the fact that so far, nothing untoward had happened in the area, was an indication that the security agencies were up to task.
“Mr. Adikah urged the political parties and the public to be on the lookout for all suspicious characters and alert the security personnel who would be available to attend to such issues.”
Those who want to find live results of the 2016 Ghana presidential election can click here for up-to-date voting totals and coverage from Africa News. The Ghana Broadcasting Company also has updates of the election along with a link for live radio and video coverage.
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