Ghana's president wins party's nomination for 2012: official
Ghana's President John Atta Mills was Saturday re-elected the ruling party's presidential candidate for next year's presidential election after winning 96.9 percent of the votes, officials said.
Atta Mills, beat his only rival in the party primary, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, the wife of ex-military leader Jerry Rawlings Jerry John Rawlings (born Jeremiah Rawlings John June 22, 1947 in Accra) was twice the head of state of Ghana, a military dictator. He first appeared on the Ghanaian political scene on May 15, 1979 when an unsuccessful coup d'état he led resulted in his arrest, imprisonment, , who won only 3.1 percent of the votes cast, an official of Ghana's national electoral commission Electoral Commission
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Of the total 2,861 votes cast during the election, Atta Mills won 2,771 or 96.9 percent, while his rival won only 90 votes or 3.1 percent, said the official while announcing the results after ballots were collated.
Following his nomination, he will now face Nana Akufo Akufo Addo of the main opposition New Patriotic Party The New Patriotic Party is the ruling liberal party in Ghana and one of two dominant parties in Ghanaian politics. The party is centrist, but is considered to be more liberal than its leading rival, the National Democratic Congress. It supplies president John Agyekum Kufuor. (NPP NPP Nuclear Power Plant
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Atta Mills had in 2008 marginally beaten Addo.
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In his speech after the results were announced Atta Mills said that with his victory, the battle for victory at the 2012 poll had just started.
"The battle for 2012 elections has just started. Let us work together and go in for victory," he said.
"The contest shows that there are issues to be addressed and they will be addressed. I congratulate Nana (Konadu Agyemang Rawlings) for putting up for the contest. It shows the level of democracy within the party and we shall move forward in unity," he added.
Ex-president Jerry Rawlings, accompanied by his wife, walked over to Atta Mills, held and raised up his hand and congratulated him, an AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. correspondent saw.
There was a wild jubilation within and outside the meeting venue immediately the result of the primary was announced.
Before the votes were cast, each of the contestants appealed to delegates to chose them as flagbearer of the party in next year's election.
"At night you don't light a candle to look at the face of someone you know at daytime... There is light at the end of the tunnel," Atta Mills said in his remarks.
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Addressing the opening of the convention earlier, NDC national chairman Kwabena Adjei called for party unity with a view to victory in polls next year.
"Today is for the NDC family ... we are highly optimistic that the outcome of today's congress will catapult the party to a better position to win the 2012 elections," Adjei told delegates.
The theme of the congress is "Unity in diversity for a better Ghana".
The party's convention and primary held in the city of Sunyani, more than 800 kilometres (500 miles) north of the capital Accra.
Ghana was the country chosen by Barack Obama for his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as US president in 2009.
While Ghana has been seen as a rare example of stable democracy in west Africa in recent years, Saturday's primary represents the first time in the country's history that a sitting president will compete for his own party's nomination.
Much will be at stake in the December 2012 presidential vote, with Ghana having recently joined the ranks of the world's large-scale oil producers and seeking to steadily increase output -- along with resulting revenue.
Atta Mills narrowly won the vote in 2008 with a less than one percent margin against a candidate from the party of incumbent John Kufuor John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor (born in Kumasi December 8, 1938) is the current president of Ghana, since January 7 2001. He ran for election in 2000 and won, succeeding Jerry Rawlings, who defeated him when he previously ran for President in the election in 1996, and having the first , widely respected for having bowed out following his two terms in office.