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Akufo-addo calls for calm

 Barely 2 days after the December 7 polls, the news media was dominated by the following stories.

The Daily Graphic carries the headline “Akufo–Addo calls for calm”. According to the story the Presidential  Candidate  of the  New Patriotic  Party  ( NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged supporters of the party  and Ghanaians in general to remain  calm and focused as they wait  for the Electoral Commission (EC)  to declare  the outcome  of the 2016 polls.

The Daily Guide with the caption “Stay Cool Nana … EC boss assures”. The paper reports that twenty –four  hours  after voting in this year’s  presidential and parliamentary elections  had ended, the Electoral Commission (EC) had not officially declared results from any of the 275 constituency, raising  anxiety among  Ghanaians. Following this, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Who was talking a commanding leading in the presidential race- has called on Ghanaians, especially supporters of his party to exercise restraint.

Be Patient- EC Urges Ghanaians” is the headline in Today. According to the paper, following what many see as undue delay in the declaration of the 2016 election results by the Electoral Commission (EC), the Commission has stressed the need for Ghanaians ‘to be patients’ while it works with a sense of urgency to declare ‘accurate’ results. At the media briefing yesterday in Accra, chairperson of the EC, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, disclosed that as at 5:00 p.m., yesterday her outfit has received ninety (90) constituency results for presidential and parliamentary.

The Ghanaian Times also carries the headline “shock galore! ... NDC big shots fall”. This year’s general elections saw major upsets as many big wigs suffered shocking defeats. They include minister of foreign affairs and regional integration, Ms. Hannah Tetteh, who lost to the Awutu Senya West seat to Mr. Andah, who contested for the NPP; Mark Woyongo, Minister of State of the Presidency and MP for Navrongo Central; Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology and MP for Bawku Central; and Cletus Avoka, former majority leader in the NDC government.

We conclude today’s newspaper review with the headline in the ChronicleEC does not rely on figures from Political Parties – Charlotte”. The paper reports that the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei has said that the commission does not rely on figures from the political parties to declare results. She indicated that her outfit only works with results from the officials of the EC at the constituency collation center sent to the national collation center.

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