AFRICANGLOBE – Ghana’s interim President John Dramani Mahama has been declared winner of the weekend presidential elections after garnering 50.7 percent of the vote.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) leader polled 5,574,761 votes against his nearest rival Nana Akufo- Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who got 5,248,898 representing 47.74 of the ballots cast.
John Dramani Mahama who will be sworn in on January 7 was able to pass the 50 percent threshold required to claim the presidency out rightly.
There was a big turnout in the parliamentary and presidential polls with 11.2 million of the 14.1 million registered voters managing to cast their ballots.
Electoral Commission (EC) chairman Kwadwo Afari declared John Dramani Mahama the winner sparking wild celebrations across the country.
The announcement calmed the tension that was mounting after both the NDC and NPP declared that they were leading in the polls.
The NPP held a press conference before the announcement of the final results and declared that Akufo-Addo had won 51.3 percent of the vote.
NPP’s announcement angered the National Peace Council, which accused the party usurping the authority of the EC.
Other candidates immediately conceded defeat but the NPP raised questions about the way the results were being collated.
The party’s leadership briefly met the EC to lodge their complaints and it was agreed that more evidence was needed to necessitate an investigation.
Voting was mainly peaceful and many local and international observers that including observer missions from the African Union as well as the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) hailed the exercise as a success.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo who was the leader of the African Union and ECOWAS delegations described the elections as peaceful, transparent, free and fair.
“By this successful and peaceful election, Ghana has again added another beautiful block to the already political edifice it has built over the years,” Obasanjo said.
ECOWAS said besides the logistical challenges, the polls went on smoothly.
“The ECOWAS mission is of the view that apart from the logistical challenges that caused undue delays in completing the electoral process, the Electoral Commission provided the necessary environment and facilities to eligible Ghanaians to exercise their franchise in a secure and transparent manner and ECOWAS expects this spirit to continue till the concluding phase of the electoral process,” the regional body said.