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Elections in Ghana: a time we will never forget

Patriots in Ghana may put out flags as Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP won office, defeating the incumbent Mahama of the Democratic Party. Though some of the EC committee may have complained about the imperfections, we have noted a rapid increase in the election structure.

They came, they voted, they left, we could say, as most Ghanaians claim the process was near-perfect. The observers stated it was not before long that citizens got involved in the selection campaign and it took only a few minutes for the whole thing to kick off. The press conference was held immediately, with Akufo-Addo's personal secretary urging the defeated candidate to quit as soon as possible, in a calmly manner. Surprisingly, there were no outbursts of violence, considering the current situation on the Ghanaian political arena. Perhaps, we are expecting more of a kerfuffle to happen, but for now, it seems Akufo-Addo’s supporters have settled down.

The leading candidate later announced his victory only to be showered with praise from his eager allies. This did not pass unnoticed, and the next day was full of turmoil as the president-to-be had to find excuses for being too heady with his declarations.

The opposing party was far from good-natured when it rallied accusations of the precipitate joy. The NDC deputy general secretary said that Akufo-Addo’s proponents were adding fuel to the flame ahead of time and that it was a planned action, aimed to undermine country’s political façade. The speech, later delivered by Akufo-Addo, helped to calm down the raging crowds and was enough to ease the tensions at the election office. It’s not a secret that Ghanaian politicians are far from benevolent when it comes to conceding defeat. In this case, however, Mahama showed a considerable amount of self-composure, which leaves us wondering why the peaceful gesture had not been offered earlier.

Upon proclaiming himself president, Akufo-Addo said he was happy to be with his country on this special day, and assured everyone of the upcoming changes that are about to take place in Ghana’s political and economic life. He then made a pledge of honor to his country and added he was grateful to everyone, irrelevant of their personal beliefs on this election. There is only hope this presidential promise won’t be left a promisePsychology Articles, and actions would speak louder than words as the recently elected Akufo-Addo makes his first move as the head of the country. 

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Anna Lynch is writer published at regular terms at Yen Politics blog. After finishing New York University she works as blogger taking interest in travelling, art, psychology and social issues.

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