Ghana reelects President Akufo-Addo for a second term, wins 51.59% votes
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has won re-election with 51.59 percent of the total vote for a second term in office, according to the election commission.
Akufo-Addo emerged winner of the contentious poll that he and his main challenger, former president John Mahama, had said they were leading based on their camps’ tallies.
According to reports, five people were killed in election violence since Monday, marring what observers said was a well-organised vote.
The Ghanaian Police Service said it recorded more than 60 incidents at Monday’s vote, adding that “Twenty-one of the incidents are true cases of electoral violence, six of which involve gunshots resulting in the death of five.”
Independent observers had earlier congratulated Ghana for conducting a largely peaceful poll, in line with its reputation as one of West Africa’s most stable democracies.
But tensions are high as the camps of Mahama and Akufo-Addo said their tallies showed their candidate in the lead.
Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) received 6,730,413 or 51.59 percent of total votes while Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) received 6,214,889 or 47.36 percent of total votes, the commission’s chairperson Jean Adukwei Mensa said at a press briefing on Wednesday.
“On the basis of the foregoing election results and by the powers vested in me as the chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana and the interim officer of the election, it is my duty and honour to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as president-elect of the Republic of Ghana,” Mensa said.