It is reported that the Electoral Commission of Ghana (ECG) tweeted late on Friday, two days after the election, that Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo was the victor in the largely peaceful poll.
“We declare Nana Akufo-Addo as President-Elect of our Ghana. God bless Ghana. Thank you,” ECG tweeted.
Mr. Akufo-Addo, 72, and a former foreign minister, was running for the office for the third time.
According to the reports, he comfortably edged out incumbent, John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) by almost 10 points.
A breakdown of the result showed that NPP won 53.85 percent of total vote cast while the ruling party managed to score just 44.4 percent of the votes.
The announcement confirmed the projections of local media, which have predicted from provisional results and result collated from polling stations that the opposition candidate was on course to unseating the incumbent.
Clearly, Mr Mahama, 58, couldn’t sway enough voters with several infrastructural projects it was building all over the country, as voters were more concerned about worsening power cuts, dwindling economic growth in the resource-rich country, and the his inability to rein in corrupt officials.
Mr. Akufo-Addo, during his campaign speech, made the country’s worsening corruption the focus of his campaign.
Friday evening, Mr. Akufo-Addo, tweeted that Mr. Mahama has called to congratulate him on his election victory.
Written by Okolo Ezinne