Ghana: Final list of presidential candidates, Trump victory reported in Ghana

Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The approval of the final list of candidates for Ghana’s 7 December presidential election, a letter from President John Dramani Mahama to voters and the surprising victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election last Tuesday were some stories reported by the Ghanaian media this week.

The Electoral Commission (EC) arrived at the final list after after the Supreme Court ordered it to allow 13 disqualified candidates the opportunity to correct errors on the forms and it vetted the resubmitted forms.

“Lifeline for disqualified aspirants as Supreme Court orders EC to extend nomination period,” was the headline of the state-owned Graphic on the Court’s order.

The story said all the disqualified presidential aspirants were on Monday given a lifeline by the Supreme Court that could enable them to contest the election.

In a unanimous decision, the court directed the EC to give all of them a fair hearing.

The court, in its judgement, also extended the nomination period from 7 November to 8 November.

“Invite the interested party and all the presidential candidates who were able to submit their nomination papers ... and were disqualified without a hearing and give them a hearing within the extended period,” it ordered the EC.

After the disqualified candidates were given the opportunity to correct their errors, only three of them were passed by the Electoral Commission.

“Race to Flagstaff House: 7 on ballot after EC cleared 3 more,” was the headline of the Graphic when the EC announced its verdict after scrutinising their forms once more.

The newspaper said another major hurdle had been cleared for the conduct of the election as the seven qualified presidential candidates picked their positions on the ballot paper.  This is against the 17 candidates who filed their papers in September.

President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC); Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP); Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Convention People's Party (CPP)  and an independent candidate, Mr Jacob Osei Yeboah, were the only presidential aspirants cleared at the end of the first period of submission of nomination forms on 29-30 September.

The new additions are Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Edward Mahama of the People's National Convention (PNC) and Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP).  

The Graphic also reported on a letter written by President Mahama to voters under the headline, “President writes to voters in letter described as ‘the Homestretch.’”

President Mahama touted his government for stabilising the economy, creating over 400,000 jobs, fighting corruption and positioning the country to start growing above eight per cent from next year.

In the letter titled “The Homestretch” issued with a month to go for the election, the President indicated that he was upbeat about winning the presidential election and securing a working majority in Parliament for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“Ghana’s economy is robust and this gives me the confidence and joy that when our economy begins to grow above eight per cent from next year, as predicted, the growth will be much more beneficial to Ghanaians than Ghana’s economy has ever done for us.

“I am expecting a resounding victory in the upcoming elections, as predicted by various polls we have conducted since June 2016 — a win for me, as President, and a working majority in Parliament for the National Democratic Congress,” it stated.

The letter quoted the President as indicating that the victory would not be his personal victory for a second and final term but victory for Ghanaians and for those yet to be born.

“It will also be victory for the teeming volunteers, students, the youth, workers, drivers, traders, businessmen and women, traditional and religious leaders who have contributed in diverse ways to bring us up to the strong position we find ourselves in today,” it stated.

The media also highlighted last Tuesday’s US presidential election that saw the Republican candidate Donald Trump clinching a stunning victory over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

The state-owned Ghanaian Times ran a series of stories under the headlines, “I’ll be president for all – Trump”, “Republicans hold Congress”, “Ghana can be sure of continued American support – Ambassador”, “No significant change expected in US-Ghana ties”.

The headlines of the Graphic read “Trump stuns world”, “World leaders congratulate Trump”, and “Time for America to bind wounds of division – Trump”.
-0- PANA MA 12Nov2016  

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