Ghana elections: Your views

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President Mahama, 7 December 2012Image source, AFP/GETTY IMAGES
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An electoral commission official checks the identification of NDC president John Mahama

Ghana's presidential election has been won by incumbent John Mahama defeating opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo, the electoral commission (EC) has announced.

But, the opposition NPP says it will contest the result, accusing the governing NDC party of conspiring with commission staff to fix Friday's poll.

Ghana, one of the world's fastest growing economies, is regarded as one of Africa's most stable democracies.

People in Ghana have been sharing their views on the election result.

Kwanima Boateng, Accra

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Kwanima Boateng: "There was no sense of intimidation"

The elections in my locality passed off peacefully and in a calm atmosphere.

I voted for the NPP, and although the party lost in my constituency everyone remained calm.

Even though the results were delayed because some people had to vote on Saturday, I think we generally accepted that the EC was handling the situation and all would be OK.

For a nation in the part of Africa that we find ourselves and with the history we have, I think we have really matured in terms of elections and I am very happy with the progress.

This was my third voting experience and I find that tempers were calmer this year than I have ever seen.

There was no sense of intimidation and I felt free to vote for whatever party I wanted.

I am hopeful for the future and I believe the country will move on quickly.

Austin Delali, Accra

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Austin Delali: "The NPP's antics have left me wondering if I did not make a mistake voting for them"

I am an independent who voted for the NPP, because I think the NDC government has been poor in the past four years.

But like most independents, there is growing concern that the NPP has consistently refused to accept the outcome of polls when the results don't go their way.

In 2008, when they were in power, they tried putting an injunction on the declaration of results when it was clear that they had lost.

As a proud Ghanaian, who believes our polls have always been peaceful, free and fair, I am concerned about the tainted image the NPP is giving out.

Unfortunately, their complaints have no basis and without any evidence whatsoever.

Honestly, their antics have left me wondering if I did not make a mistake voting for them in the first place.

The refusal of the opposition NPP to accept the results will not take anything from the credibility of the process.

Mark Akparibo, Bolgatanga, Upper East

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Mark Akparibo: "The winners of the election are the Ghanaian people"

I voted for Mr Mahama and I have always supported the NDC.

I think that for the sake of continuity, it is best for the NDC to win another term in office so that they are able to continue to press ahead with their policies.

I am interested in their policy to connect communities to the national grid. Power is particularly needed in northern Ghana

I hope they will do more in this area and increase their efforts to set up sustainable power.

Generally, Ghana is improving. The electoral commission must be given support to ensure democracy in future elections.

Largely, I think the will of the people was manifest in the election.

I was particularly enthused at the way Ghanaian conducted themselves during the polls.

I have no doubt in my mind that the winners of the election are the Ghanaian people.

We have accepted democracy as the only way to go.

Francis Agyapong, Kumasi, Ashanti

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Francis Agyapong: "The leadership of the party should accept defeat"

I voted for my party, NPP, because I believed it was the only party that presented good vision and an excellent ideology to the people of Ghana.

For example, I agreed with their policy of free education.

But seeing the result, I think the leaders of my party, NPP, should all resign, and the party should go back to the drawing board and revise their strategies.

They failed to recognise the mistakes we made in 2008, losing three swing regions in the country.

For four years they couldn't plan how they will take back seats in the Western Region, Brong-Ahafo Region and the Central Region. They even lost two seats in their stronghold in the Ashanti Region.

I think the leadership of the party should accept defeat and come and apologise to those who worked for the grassroots for the party.

But Ghanaians only hope our next four years will not be like the last, full of corruption and payment of unwarranted judgement debts.

Titus, Wa, Upper West

I was a campaign co-ordinator for John Mahama in my constituency in the Upper West Region of Ghana, helping to mobilise young people to vote.

People came to realisation that John Mahama is the best man for our country at this crucial moment.

This is why he won convincingly in eight out of the 10 regions in Ghana.

He is humble, action-oriented, respectful, decisive, honest and above all a unifier. Also, when he says he'll do something he does it.

There is mixed reaction to the result - some people are celebrating while others are not in a good mood.

The majority of people are excited by Mr Mahama's victory, especially because he comes from the north.

He has a lot of political experience. He has impressed the international community, and many African leaders are very proud of how the election was conducted in Ghana.

It is now time for all Ghanaians to come together as one to move the country forward in the right direction.

Interviews by Andrée Massiah

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