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Akufo Addo is winner of 2012 polls; Kumasi protestors declare
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Nathan Gadugah          Published On: December 18, 2012, 12:58 GMT
 
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Akufo Addo is winner of 2012 polls; Kumasi protestors declare

Some of the demonstrators at the beginning of the demonstration


Protestors in Kumasi are declaring the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party winner of the just ended 2012 polls.

The angry protesters embarked on a peaceful procession on the principal streets of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, Tuesday to register their displeasure against the EC who they accuse of discriminating against the region and for wrongly declaring incumbent President John Mahama winner of the 2012 polls.

They claim voters in the region were subjected to strict verification procedure during voting by the EC officials but voters in other regions were allowed to vote without going through the verification process.

Speaking to Luv News' Erastus Asare Donkor some of the protesters said Nana Akufo-Addo had been robbed.

"What even annoyed our supporters is that we had protested to Afari Gyan that we had detected some malfeasance in the figures.

"He had 72 hours within which to declare but within 12 hours he had come out with the declaration," one of the protestors said.

"This demonstration means a lot to us. We expect the Peace Council. the Electoral Commission to do the right thing and the right thing is to declare Nana Addo winner of this election," another said.

In their party paraphernalia, the NPP supporters in their thousands chanted as they marched across the streets of Kumasi.

Asare Donkor said the leaders of the demonstration abandoned their earlier decision to petition the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Electoral Commission because the supporters wanted to follow them in presenting the petition which is contrary to the agreement reached with the police.

They had agreed to go alone to present the petition.

Having aborted the decision to present a petition, the supporters have converged at the Abbey Park to be addressed by National Executives.

Party Chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey is said to be present and ready to address the teeming crowd.

Luv News’ Ohemeng Tawia who also joined the protestors said the demonstration appears to be one of the biggest after the 1993 Kumi preko demonstration in the region.

Supporters, young and old, traders, market women have all left their wares and have joined the demonstration.

It is not clear if the flagbearer is present in Kumasi to address the crowd.


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