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Date:10 Dec 2016
Ghana Elections: Third time lucky for Ghana’s Opposition Leader

Ghana Elections: Third time lucky for Ghana’s Opposition Leader

Ghana's main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has won the Wednesday 7 December 2016 elections beating the incumbent, President John Mahama.

According to Ghana’s Electoral Commissioner, Madam Charlotte Osei who also serves the Returning Officer for the presidential results.  Nana Akufo Addo polled 5,716,026 votes cast representing 53.85% and President Maham polled 4,713,277 votes representing 44.40%

Ahead of the announcement of the final results by the EC Commisioner many leading media houses had called the elections for the main opposition leader as well as other candidates in the presidential race either conceding defeat or calling to congratulate the president elect. Ordinary citizens where not left out in the euphoria and there were already crowds of jubilant supporters gathered outside the residence of Nana Akufo Addo to start the party late into the night.

Prior to Madam Osei's declaration, Nana Akufo-Addo used his Twitter handle to announce that President Mahama called him "congratulating me on winning the 2016 presidential election".

"It is my duty and my privilege to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as the president-elect of Ghana," she told a news conference in the capital, Accra, on Friday.

In his victory speech in front of his house, Nana Akufo Addo pledged to no let the people of Ghana down, “I will do all in my power to live up to your hopes and expectations," .

Earlier, Mahama had appealed for calm and told his supporters he would respect the outcome of the vote, whether he won or lost, in comments aimed at defusing tension in advance of the release of official results of the vote.

"I want to assure the nation that we will respect the outcome of the election, positive or negative, and so let us just be calm," he told supporters gathered outside his house.

Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has expressed confidence in the President-elect of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, to overcome country’s economic challenges.

“Mr. Akufo-Addo will be taking over at a time of economic difficulties but he has the skills and experience to help the country face up to this challenge,” Mr. Annan said in a congratulatory message

In his congratulatory message, Former President Rawlings said Akufo-Addo’s victory was a manifestation of Ghanaians desire for new leadership. He also encouraged the president-elect to embark on a massive anti-corruption drive without fear or favour. “Your victory is a manifestation of the people’s desire for new leadership and comes with enormous responsibilities including a commitment to pursue an anti-corruption drive across-the-board.

Hot contest

The 2016 election was a hotly contested one with many analysts suggesting that it is the most issue based contest in the country so far. The issues bordered on employment, transforming the economy, education, corruption, infrastructure development among others.

Seven candidates were in the race for the job of the president. They were the incumbent John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ivor Kwabena Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), and Dr. Edward Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC). There rest were Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and Jacob Osei Yeboah an independent candidate.

From the onset, the election was considered a straight fight between the incumbent John Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP

In the 2012 elections, the then Vice President Mahama who contested following the demise his boss Prof John Atta Mills, won by 50.7 percent while Nana Akufu-Addo got 47.74 percent. The results were however disputed and ended up at the country’s Supreme Court for 8 months before the apex court ruled in favour of the incumbent.

In all about 15,712,499 million eligible voters were expected to vote in 28,921 polling stations throughout the country, Turn out according to the EC was 68.62%.

Ghana's elections have been historically close, with Mahama narrowly winning against Akufo-Addo in 2012 with 50.7 percent. Akufo-Addo unsuccessfully challenged Mahama's victory in the courts.

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