General News of Tuesday, 11 December 2012

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Election 2012: Quotable Quotes

  • "They (NPP) always cry foul anytime they lose. They did same in 1992, 1996 and 2008" - Ambrose Asase (Huni Valley)
  • “There were hiccups here and there, [which were] purely administrative, and once they were addressed, everything proceeded smoothly,” says Pakalitha Mosisili, chairman of an observer group from the commonwealth

  • "This election has been hard, but we must remember Ghanaians are one and we must love each other and remain peaceful," - Wellington Dadzie, 69, a former soldier who lives on the outskirts of Accra.

  • "Everything cool, no problems, Honestly, I can't complain." Ibrahim Musah, a motorcycle taximan and NPP supporter.

  • "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." -Francis Agyapong, Kumasi, Ashanti (NPP supporter)

  • "The NPP's antics have left me wondering if I did not make a mistake voting for them" - Austin Delali (Accra)

  • “NDC, NPP, CPP .... they are all the same" - Adwoa S. (roadside seller)

  • “We have come to accept the fact that politics, even though it divides us, cannot break the family unity we have as Ghanaians,” says Franklin Oduro, deputy director the Center for Democratic Development think tank

  • "They turned out to vote. It's more of a regionalism than ethnicity. The thing is, it's been some time that the north had a president." - Ben Ephson, owner of the Daily Dispatch

  • "My man, I don't have time for comments. Life goes on" - Unknown tro tro driver

  • "We won, they are sore losers. They wanted (the electoral commission) to postpone announcement of the results and (the chairman) said there is no reason to postpone. There was no foundation for their allegations," Mahama's presidential adviser, Tony Aidoo.

  • “Overall, everything went relatively well. And I must commend [the] Ghanaian people, the political parties and also all the voters for their sense of discipline and also the peaceful nature of this election.” -Ambassador Kadre Desire Ouedraogo president of the ECOWAS commission

  • “The results of the 2012 presidential election are as follows: John Dramani Mahama, NDC: 5,574, 761 votes representing 50.7 percent of total valid votes cast. Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, NPP: 5,248, 898, representing 47.74 of the total valid vote cast," -Electoral Chairman Kwadwo Afari-Gyan

  • "These results cannot be forced down the throat of the people of Ghana," NPP chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey

  • "These elections are important not just to Ghana but for the growing number of states and actors seeking to benefit from increasing confidence in Africa," - Alex Vines, Africa Research Director at Chatham House.