Ghana's Mahama wins election in first round - official

ACCRA Sun Dec 9, 2012 5:40pm EST

John Dramani Mahama (R), Ghana's interim president and National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate,waves with his wife Lordina Mahama during his last electoral rally at a trade fair in Accra December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

John Dramani Mahama (R), Ghana's interim president and National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate,waves with his wife Lordina Mahama during his last electoral rally at a trade fair in Accra December 5, 2012.

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ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana incumbent President John Dramani Mahama won a new term with 50.7 percent of ballots cast in the West African state's election, the head of the Electoral Commission announced on Sunday.

"Based on the results, I declare President John Dramani Mahama president elect," Kwadwo Afari-Gyan told a news conference in the capital Accra.

Mahama was up against main opposition challenger Nana Akufo-Addo, whose party said earlier on Sunday that it believed the election results were rigged.

(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Bate Felix)

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