President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been declared the winner of the December 7, 2020 tightly contested presidential election.

Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Mrs Jean Mensa declared Mr Akufo-Addo president-elect with 6,730,413, representing 51.59 percent of the total valid votes cast.

His closest contender of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama also received 6,214,889, representing 47.36 percent.

Other presidential candidates received about 1.4 percent of the total valid votes cast.

Voter turnout for the election was 79 percent.

Before the declaration, the EC chairperson of the country’s election management body indicated that results of the Techiman South constituency were not included in the final results because there were contentious issues.

However, Mrs Jean Mensa stated that even if the total number registered voters of 128, 018 in that constituency were to be added to Mr Mahama, President Akufo-Addo will still win with over 50 percent.

There was wild jubilation by NPP supporters across the country when the EC chairperson announced results of the crucial polls. 

Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Dr Henry Herbert Lartey yesterday called President Nana Akufo-Addo to “congratulate him on his victory in the presidential election” and also concede, the Director of the Communication at the Presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin, has announced.

“The presidential candidate of the GCPP, Dr Henry Herbert Lartey, has just called President Akufo-Addo to concede defeat and congratulate him on his victory in the presidential election”, Mr Arhin wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday night.

THE CUSTODIAN learnt that the presidential candidate, Kofi Apaloo of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), and other presidential candidates also called President Akufo-Addo to congratulate him on his election victory.

I have not congratulated any person – Mahama

Tuesday night, former President Mahama indicated that he had not congratulated any person for winning the 2020 presidential election.

“I want to state categorically and firmly, that I have not congratulated any person. And no attempt should be made to steal this election, we will resist it”, he stated.

At a media briefing, Mr Mahama said, “Ghanaians are tired of Akufo-Addo and his government. We thank the electorate for giving us a working majority in Parliament, 140 seats in Parliament, which is a majority and no attempt should be made to subvert that.

“I have looked at the results we’ve collated so far and I’m excited and happy with the results and we’ve won in 10 regions out of 16 and the Ghanaian people have confidence in us and we will resist any attempt to subvert the will of the people.

Mr Mahama himself and the main opposition NDC had earlier declared victory for the themselves even though there was enough evidence that they had lost the December 7 polls.

President Akufo-Addo and the governing party had done enough to secure the victory in this year’s election.

The president had promised free high-school education, 1 district, 1 factory; 1 village, 1 dam and many other policies, which critics questioned the viability of his ambitions.

The Akufo-Addo administration has so far implemented all the policies and programmes, making Ghanaians give him the second term in office.

Ghana has been a multi-party democracy since the end of military rule in 1992 and this result is seen as reinforcing its reputation for the peaceful transfer of power between administrations.

SOURCEBy Paul Awuni
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