Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has won the presidential polls after his party the New Patriotic Party (NPP) secured 51.59% of the vote against 47.36% for the opposition candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Mahama.
John Mahama is also a former president of Ghana- he does not agree with the outcome of the Wednesday elections.
Jean Adukwei Mensa , President of the Electoral Commission announced the results saying only 515,524 votes separate President Akufo-Addo from his predecessor John Mahama, who became leader of the opposition in 2016.
The NDC immediately announced it was rejecting the result saying it was an “attack” on democracy.
“The overwhelming evidence available prevents us from accepting this spurious and hasty conclusion,” Haruna Iddrisu, a party parliamentarian, said late Wednesday at a press conference in Accra.
“We intend to take decisive and tangible steps, concerning both the results of the presidential and parliamentary elections, to reverse this brazen and brazen attack on our democracy,” said Haruna Iddrisu.
The president calls for peace
“I am once again deeply touched by the trust you place in me and I do not take it lightly,” the outgoing president had previously told a crowd of supporters gathered outside his house after the results were announced.
“The time has come, regardless of political affiliations, to unite, to join hands and to stand side by side,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said.
The presidential results were announced 48 hours after the end of the vote on Monday, when more than 17 million voters were called to the polls to choose between twelve candidates for the highest office.
High participation rate The turnout for this election is 79%, according to the Election Commission. Ghanaians also elected their 275 MPs on Monday, but the results of the parliamentary elections have not yet been released by the Commission.
The two main camps dispute part of the provisional results. Dozens of supporters gathered in front of the head of state’s residence burst into joy at the news.
The elections were generally calm, although 5 people have been killed in election violence since Monday, police said.
“These were isolated incidents, although some are tragic,” EU observation mission chief Javier Nart said on Wednesday. “Ghanaians voted freely on Monday,” he insisted.