The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has won the 2016 presidential election.
In a press conference held at about 8:47 pm on Friday, the Electoral Commission (EC) chairperson, Madam Charlotte Osei, declared Nana Akufo-Addo Danquah the president-elect of Ghana.
“On the basis of the foregoing figures and by the power vested in my as the Electoral Commissioner of and the Returning Officer of the presidential election, it is my duty and privilege to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as the president-elect of Ghana,”she said.
Nana Akufo-Addo, who was contesting for the third time, secured 5,716,026 votes, representing 53.85 percent, to beat President Mahama, who managed 4,713,277 votes, which represented 44.66 per cent.
Before the declaration by the EC Chairperson, President Mahama called Nana Akufo-Addo at 7:51pm Friday evening, to congratulate him and pledged to work with him in the interest of the nation. The other candidates in the elections had earlier called to congratulate the 72-year-old on his victory. (He has, in turn, pledged to work with them to make Ghana a better place.)
Many NPP supporters immediately took to the streets in wild jubilation as soon as news of the call broke. There has been deafening blaring of cars, horns and vuvuzelas on the streets of Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and other major cities, as the change, millions of Ghanaians had sought for eight years has finally come.
Nana Akufo-Addo will have the opportunity to form a government and try to deliver the CHANGE he promised the Ghanaian people.