After 15 hours on tenterhooks; EC begins release of official presidential results

ballot-sortingThe Electoral Commission of Ghana has begun the release of official presidential results of Wednesday’s presidential and parliamentary elections which ended fifteen hours ago.
Millions of Ghanaians have since Wednesday night been waiting anxiously for results from the electoral body which has not been forthcoming, a situation that put the electorate on tenterhooks.
The two main parties in the elections, the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party, are both claiming a lead in the election with the latter urging the incumbent, John Dramani Mahama who is seeking a second term, to concede defeat even before a single certified result is released.
Various media houses which deployed thousands of correspondents across the over 28,000 polling stations nationwide have been releasing provisional results of the election which was generally peaceful excerpt few issues.
Social media has since the close of polls been awashed with different results which either claim victory for various candidates or put them in the lead in the election.
We want to ‘ensure uncontested results’
The Electoral Commission in a statement Thursday dawn asked Ghanaians to disregard such results as it had not issued ” official results”.
But another statement issued by the Commission few minutes ago urged the people to be calm, explaining that the reasons for the long wait for officials results in the elections is to ensure the results are full proof before they are released.
“To ensure uncontested results, the EC’s verification process is extremely stringent. We urge voters to remain calm as we begin releasing results shortly,” the statement issued on the Commission’s official Facebook handle said.
Almost an hour after that statement, the Commission started releasing what it said are provisional presidential results from the various constituencies. So far it has released that of five constituencies.
The gradual release of the official results  is set to calm the nerves of the thousands who are anxious to know the results of their decision.
By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

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