Ghana opposition to contest poll results

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Associated Press

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 11 at 12:34 PM

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana's main opposition party says that it plans to contest the results of the recent presidential election.

New Patriotic Party chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey said Tuesday that the party has widespread evidence of fraud after last Friday's election, which was won by incumbent President John Dramani Mahama.

Lamptey said: "With the abundant evidence we have gathered, the (party) cannot therefore accept the declared results of the election."

He said the party had instructed its legal team to file a petition in Ghana's supreme court. On Monday, the president of the African Union visited opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo to convince him to concede defeat in the interest of safeguarding Ghana's reputation for peace.

The election was deemed transparent by international observers.

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