Ghana. The year was marked by the presidential and parliamentary elections in December. In July, the Supreme Court ruled that the elections would be held as planned and thus went along the same lines as Parliament, which previously voted down a proposal to postpone the elections by one month. Even long before the election day, tensions between government supporters and the opposition began. In September, fighting in the capital Accra broke out between loyal people with the two largest parties, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which is in office, and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
A couple of months earlier, in July, a radio reporter and two of his employees were sentenced to four months in prison by the Supreme Court for threatening to kill a judge after ordering that 56,000 names be removed from the voting lists. These individuals had used health insurance cards as credentials when registering for the upcoming election. According to thereligionfaqs, the opposition had filed a complaint alleging that these persons were not necessarily citizens of Ghana.
In September, it was also announced that President John Dramani Mahama was acquitted of bribery charges. Admittedly, the president was criticized by the state commission that examined the case for receiving a car as a gift from a company that subsequently received a contract on a road construction. However, the Commission found that it was not possible to establish that Mahama was bribed.
The December election ended with a loss for Mahama. According to countryaah, the current population of Ghana is 31,072,951. The victory went to Nana Akufo-Addo, who lost barely in the 2008 and 2012 elections. Akufo-Addo, who represents NPP, got 54 percent of the vote against 44 percent for Mahama, who confessed to being defeated as soon as the Election Commission announced the result.