Ex-Ghanaian president Rawlings congratulates Mahama on election win

2012-12-12 18:46:13 GMT2012-12-13 02:46:13(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ACCRA, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Former Ghanaian president Jerry John Rawlings has congratulated President John Dramani Mahama on his election win in the presidential polls at the weekend.

In a message released here on Wednesday, Rawlings said, "Following the successful conclusion of the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, I extend my warm and sincere congratulations to President-Elect John Dramani Mahama."

Rawlings, who is the founder of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), also appealed to the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to exercise restraint in seeking redress for any grievances they have concerning the elections.

"I urge the leading opposition party to respect the atmosphere of peace, which characterized the elections. If there are grievances over the results of the elections, they should follow the appropriate channels and desist from creating an atmosphere that can potentially hurt the peace and stability in the country," Rawlings said.

The former president, together with his colleague and successor, John Agyekum Kufuor, were among eminent persons who witnessed the signing of a peace pact by all presidential candidates in Kumasi, 270 km north of the capital, ahead of last weekend's elections, promising to ensure peace before, during and after the elections.

However, the NPP and their presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo have alleged they were cheated in the counting of ballots.

On Monday, angry supporters of the NPP held street protests against the decision of the Electoral Commission to declare Mahama president-elect, and called on the party executives to seek immediate redress.

The NPP executive has decided to file a petition to the country' s Supreme Court to review the poll results.

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