Ghana. The year was marked by the presidential and
parliamentary elections in December. In July, the Supreme
Court ruled that the elections would be held as planned and
thus went along the same lines as Parliament, which
previously voted down a proposal to postpone the elections
by one month. Even long before the election day, tensions
between government supporters and the opposition began. In
September, fighting in the capital Accra broke out between
loyal people with the two largest parties, the National
Democratic Congress (NDC), which is in office, and the New
Patriotic Party (NPP).
A couple of months earlier, in July, a radio reporter and
two of his employees were sentenced to four months in prison
by the Supreme Court for threatening to kill a judge after
ordering that 56,000 names be removed from the voting lists.
These individuals had used health insurance cards as
credentials when registering for the upcoming election. The
opposition had filed a complaint alleging that these persons
were not necessarily citizens of Ghana.
In September, it was also announced that President John
Dramani Mahama was acquitted of bribery charges. Admittedly,
the president was criticized by the state commission that
examined the case for receiving a car as a gift from a
company that subsequently received a contract on a road
construction. However, the Commission found that it was not
possible to establish that Mahama was bribed.
The December election ended with a loss for Mahama.
victory went to Nana Akufo-Addo, who lost barely in the 2008
and 2012 elections. Akufo-Addo, who represents NPP, got 54
percent of the vote against 44 percent for Mahama, who
confessed to being defeated as soon as the Election
Commission announced the result.