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General News of Sunday, 16 December 2012

Source: UN News Centre

Ban congratulates Ghana

.... on holding of peaceful presidential elections

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulates the people of Ghana on the peaceful holding of their presidential and parliamentary elections, according to his spokesperson.

“He extends his congratulations to President Mahama and all presidential candidates for their exemplary conduct throughout the campaign period, and for their commitment to maintaining peace, especially as shown in their signing of the Kumasi Declaration,” the spokesperson added in a statement, referring to an agreement made by presidential candidates against electoral violence.

According to media reports, Ghana's electoral authorities announced on Sunday that the incumbent, John Dramani Mahama, won a new term as president. Mr. Mahama – who replaced former President John Atta Mills after his death in July – reportedly won 50.7 percent of the ballots cast.

The Secretary-General’s spokesperson said that Mr. Ban takes note of the declaration of the final results by the Electoral Commission, which he commends for its continued commitment to the professional and transparent organization of elections.

“He encourages the concerned parties to continue to use legal means to resolve all disputes and he emphasizes that all actions taken in this critical period should contribute to preserving peace and stability in Ghana,” the spokesperson added.