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    Ghana to Form Transition Team Following Election

    Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama is pictured during his visit at the presidential palace in Abidjan, September 5, 2012. Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama is pictured during his visit at the presidential palace in Abidjan, September 5, 2012.
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    Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama is pictured during his visit at the presidential palace in Abidjan, September 5, 2012.
    Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama is pictured during his visit at the presidential palace in Abidjan, September 5, 2012.
    Peter Clottey
    In Ghana, a senior official in the presidential office says a transition team is being formed now that President John Dramani Mahama has been elected to a full term in office.

    Tony Aidoo, director of monitoring and evaluation in Mahama’s office, says the team will prepare for a handover ceremony even though the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) remains in power.

    Mahama was the presidential candidate of the NDC in Friday’s election. He had been serving out the term of the late president, John Evans Atta-Mills. The president-elect is scheduled to be sworn in January 7 to begin his first full four-year term.

    The transition team is usually tasked with organizing a transfer of power from one government to the other after a general election.

    “In this particular case we don’t have a regime succession as such, because the current incumbent is now the president-elect. Therefore the task of the transition team is very limited to the six or seven hours when we will have a power vacuum between January 6, 2013 and January 7, 2013,” said Aidoo.

    “The team will take custody of state property and paraphernalia awaiting the inauguration of the new president, who will then assume responsibility for state property and paraphernalia,” he added.

    • Supporters of President John Dramani Mahama celebrate in the streets after he was declared the winner of Ghana's presidential election, Accra, Ghana, December 9, 2012.
    • Supporters of President John Dramani Mahama celebrate in the streets after he was declared the winner of Ghana's presidential election, Accra, Ghana, December 9, 2012.
    • A woman casts her vote for the presidential election at a polling station in Accra, Ghana, December 7, 2012.
    • A man registers to vote at a polling station in Kibi, eastern Ghana, December 7, 2012.
    • People wait to vote at a polling station in Kibi, eastern Ghana, December 7, 2012.
    • Ghanaian presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo (L) of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) waves during his last rally at Sutherland Addy Children's Park in Accra, Ghana, December 5, 2012.
    • John Dramani Mahama (R), Ghana's interim president and National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate, waves during his last electoral rally, Accra, Ghana, December 5, 2012.

    Hassan Ayariga, the losing presidential candidate of the opposition People’s National Convention (PNC), has called on the president-elect to form an inclusive government as part of a reconciliation effort.

    Aidoo says the ruling party already has a track record of involving members of the opposition in its administrations.

    ​“The NDC under Mahama is no stranger to the principle of inclusive government. We had persons holding ministerial portfolios over the past four years who are not members of the NDC," said Aidoo.

    Political experts say Ghanaians have high expectations that the government can address the country’s economic challenges, create jobs, improve healthcare delivery and education as well as improve infrastructure now that Ghana is an oil producing country.

    Aidoo says the expectations are justified.

    “President Mahama is smart enough to know that it is about time the government’s policies, programs and projects are aimed at the betterment of the lives of the underprivileged, rather than the perpetuation of classes and [the] privileged as we have seen over the years,” he said.

    Both local and international election monitors said Friday’s presidential, legislative and local balloting were peaceful, transparent, and credible.

    Opposition presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo during his final campaign rally in Accra, December 5, 2012.Opposition presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo during his final campaign rally in Accra, December 5, 2012.
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    Opposition presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo during his final campaign rally in Accra, December 5, 2012.
    Opposition presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo during his final campaign rally in Accra, December 5, 2012.
    But, the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is disputing the outcome of the presidential vote, citing what it calls voter irregularities in some constituencies across the country. The ruling party has rejected the NPP’s concerns.

    Meanwhile, main opposition challenger, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday in the capital, Accra, to present what the NPP says is proof of voter irregularities during the election.

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