Ghana’s Electoral Commission has declared the presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as president-elect in the 2016 general elections.
Nana Akufo-Addo polled 5,716,026 representing 53.85% of the total votes cast.
President John Mahama who lost his re-election bid obtained 4, 713,277 representing 44.40 percent, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Charlotte Osei announced Friday evening.
The results excluded four constituencies – Afram Plains North-40,312; Upper West Akim-50,386; Sawla Tuna Kalba- 45,625; and Tamale Central-83, 9479. Except the Afram Plains North which results have delayed, the rest are being contested.
The commission’s chairperson, however, went ahead to declare Nana Akufo-Addo, who is a lawyer by profession, president-elect because, “The results of the four are immaterial to the final outcome of the presidential results.”
Out of a total number of 15, 712, 459 registered voters, 10,781,609 voted in the 271 constituencies representing 68.62 percent turnout.
The rest of the results are:
Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party – 25,395 (0.24%)
Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party -16,878 (0.16)
Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party -105,682 (1.00%)
Dr. Edward Mahama of the People’s National Convention- 22,214 (0.21%)
Jacob Osei Yeboah an Independent Candidate – 15,889 (0.15%)
Total rejected ballots was 166,248 representing 1.54 percent.
“On the basis of the forgoing figures and by the power vested in me as the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, and the returning officer of the presidential election, it is my duty and my privilege to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as the president-elect,” Charlotte Osei declared.
This is the third time Nana Akufo-Addo is making attempts at the presidency after missing out narrowly in 2008 and 2012. Fortunately for him, his party won more than 170 seats in a Parliament of 275 members.
By Isaac Essel |3news.com|Ghana