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Friday, December 9, 2016

Ghana: Election Commission Website Hacked as Trends Indicate Opposition is Leading

 Hackers have targeted the website of Ghana's electoral commission as votes are counted after tightly contested elections.

Ghana Elections
 Hackers have targeted the website of Ghana's electoral commission as votes are counted after tightly contested elections.
 The commission says the website is up again, and an attempt to put up "fake results" failed.
 In a tweet, it urged people to ignore the "fake results" circulating on social media.
 President John Mahama is facing a strong challenge from main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo.
 Wednesday's election passed off peacefully, but voting was postponed to Thursday in one constituency after voting material failed to arrive on time.
"We deplore the attempt to hack the EC's [electoral commission's] website. Please respect the integrity and independence of the EC," it said in a tweet. 
 The website was offline for about four hours, but the commission had not put up results overnight so there was no chance of any tampering, a spokesman told the BBC.
 In a new Tweet, the electoral body wrote;
 "Website update: We are happy to announce that our website is back up. Thank you for your patience.
 "Update: NO official results have been declared by the EC. No final constituency results are in. There is no declared winner yet.
 "The EC undertook a hugely successful election yesterday. Let us trust the process for the results. We will keep you updated minute by minute."
Latest election results from SaharaReporters as opposition leads
 All seven candidates have pledged to keep the process peaceful but an opposition supporter died when a rally turned violent on Monday.
 Final results are expected in the next two days, although provisional results from constituencies are being released. The candidates signed a pact last week vowing to follow electoral rules and keep the peace. 
Sources: BBC Africa / EC Ghana on Twitter / SaharaReporters


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