Nana Akufo-Addo is the President Elect of Ghana; Incumbent Concedes
Ghana’s main opposition Leader, Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has won the 2016 presidential elections defeating incumbent John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The Electoral Commission officially declared Akufo-Addo, 74, the winner of the presidential elections with 53.85% of the votes, while Mr Mahama took 44.40%. This follows a grueling two days rocked by controversial claims of victory by the opposition with the ruling party urging a more cautious tone.
We declare Nana Akufo-Addo as President-Elect of our Ghana. God bless Ghana. Thank you.
— Electoral Commission (@ECGhanaOfficial) December 9, 2016
The third time presidential candidate who narrowly lost in two previous elections served as attorney general and later a foreign minister in the NPP government.
Mr Mahama who kept to his assurances that he will accept the outcome of the keenly contested elections conceded to Mr Akufo-Addo about an hour prior to the formal announcement by the Electoral Commission on Friday evening.
Ghana is a multi-party democracy with a record of peaceful elections which has seen three incumbents ousted since 2001.