AFRICA/GHANA - Akufo-Addo re-elected President of Ghana

Friday, 11 December 2020 elections   politics  

Accra (Agenzia Fides) - The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, President Nana Addo Dnkwa Akufu-Addo, has been re-elected the President of Ghana.
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana who bubbles as the returning officer for the presidential election, Mrs Jean Mesan, declared Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President-Elect, at a press briefing on December 9.
"At the end of the polls President Akufo-Addo secured 6,730,413 representing 51.59 per cent of the total vote cast which is 13, 434574 with 79 percent turnout", announced Jean Mesan.
President Akufo-Addo’s main challenger, Former president John Dramani Mahama, of the National Democratic Congress, polled 6,214,889 representing 47.366 per cent of the total vote cast.
However the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in a press conference rejected the results of the December 7 Presidential Election as certified and declared by the Electoral Commission.
The Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, speaking on behalf of Mr John Dramani Mahama, the Presidential Candidate of the NDC, said the Party after extensive consultations and analysis of the results of the Presidential election, had come to only one conclusion, that it was a flawed and discredited election.
This year's election was the eight under the fourth republic of Ghana. 12 candidates contested the presidential election. As it stands now the ruling party has 137 seats in parliament whereas the opposition party holds 135 seats with one independent candidate getting a seat. (A.A.) (Agenzia Fides, 11/12/2020)