Ghanaian Voters Pick Nana Akufo-Addo, As New President – Media Reports

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has won Ghana’s presidential election, defeating incumbent President John Mahama in a hotly contested election according to result released by media outlets across the country.

 

Mr. Akufo-Addo party also triumphed over Mr. Mahama’s National Democratic Congress (NDC), in parliamentary elections that also took place throughout Ghana on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

 

President Mahama’s bid for reelection was hurt by widespread voter disaffection with an economy that has stalled and a sense that the incumbent president had lost touch with everyday Ghanaians.

 

Mr. Akufo-Addo rode a populist message into office, promising voters that he would reverse the rot of the past few years of the NDC’s rule. Results of polls showed that the opposition party capitalized on Ghanaians’ desire for change to upstage the incumbent President.

 

The national electoral body has not officially declared the results, but most Ghanaians have accused the body of complicity as it has stalled in announced results of the election as widely expected by a majority of Ghanaians.

Ghanaian opposition leads with over 500,000 votes but results delayed

The Electoral  Commission of Ghana has been accused of delaying results as the opposition leads the sitting president with over 500,000 votes.

According to Joy News, a leading news platform in the west African country, Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is leading the poll with 4,213,710 votes to his name.

President John Mahama and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) have only been able to 3,710,702 votes from 206 constituencies provisionally declared so far, trailing with over 500,000 votes.

With 69 constituencies to go, the electoral commission halted the announcement of results, leading to a convergence of young Ghanaians at the Bawku Central Constituency, to protest delay. But they were dispersed by police shots, fired into the air.

“We in the NPP are quietly confident that we have won a famous and historic victory,” Akufo-Addo said, as his party picked up majority of the seats in parliament.

Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, a senior official of the ruling party, countered that Mahama was “comfortably ahead” and asked his supporters to remain calm.

“The results are still trickling in and the call and declaration by the NPP is irresponsible and treasonable because it can throw this country into chaos,” he said.

Joy News already projects Akufo-Addo as president-elect.

#GhanaDecides: Akufo-Addo, Mahama’s parties both claim ‘comfortable lead’.

Ghana’s main opposition party says it has a strong lead in the presidential election and has called on President John Mahama to accept defeat, but the incumbent’s campaign team has itself countered the claim, dismissing it as “treasonable”.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) said Nana Akufo-Addo, its candidate, had won 52 per cent of the vote according to its own tally of Wednesday’s presidential poll — against 44.8 per cent for Mahama.

The electoral commission said it had not certified any results in the closely-fought race, however, figures shown by television and radio stations showed the opposition making gains.

“These are results that were declared at the polling stations. I am calling on the president to concede the election,” Peter Mac Manu, NPP campaign chief, said.

Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, a senior official of the ruling party, countered that Mahama was “comfortably ahead” and asked his supporters to remain calm.

“The results are still trickling in and the call and declaration by the NPP is irresponsible and treasonable because it can throw this country into chaos,” he said.

Ghana is one of Africa’s most stable democracies and voters have rejected the government of the day twice since 2000.

Until 2014, the country also had one of Africa’s most dynamic economies, though growth has slowed in part due to a fall in the price of its commodity exports.

#GhanaDecides Update: Ghanaians Await Election Results As Voting Counting Begins

Vote-counting has begun in the West African nation of Ghana, after polls to choose the country’s next president and parliament.

 

VOA’s Peter Clottey, reporting from Ghana’s capital of Accra, reports polls closed in Ghana at 5 p.m. local time, although people in line at that hour were allowed to vote. He says the electoral commission postponed voting in one western Ghanaian district (Jaman North) until Thursday, due to an unspecified security threat.

 

Otherwise, Clottey says, “It has been really quiet … A little bit of competitiveness. Nothing in the way of violence.”

 

Incumbent President John Mahama is seeking a second term against main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo, the man he defeated four years ago.

 

Nana Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party, cast his vote during the Presidential and parliamentary elections at the Rock of Ages pooling centre in Kibi, eastern Ghana, Dec. 7, 2016.

 

Nana Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party, cast his vote during the Presidential and parliamentary elections at the Rock of Ages pooling centre in Kibi, eastern Ghana, Dec. 7, 2016.

 

Akufo-Addo, a former foreign minister, has seized on Ghana’s current economic woes as a campaign theme, accusing Mahama and his ruling National Democratic Congress of incompetence.

 

Ghana is a major exporter of oil, gold and cocoa. But Mahama’s term has been overshadowed by the plunge in global oil prices, which reduced government revenues and contributed to soaring inflation. The government accepted a $918 million bailout from the International Monetary Fund.

 

The president traveled across the country in the waning days of the campaign to promote a set of new major infrastructure projects he has undertaken.

 

Ghana has enjoyed a reputation as beacon of democracy on the African continent, but this year’s campaign has been marred by accusations of voter intimidation and concerns about the country’s electoral commission.