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December 10, 2016 | Uhuruspirit

Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

The main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, 72, has been declared the winner of Ghana's presidential election after an impressive performance.

Akufo-Addo, who was running for the presidency for the third time, polled 5,716,026 votes (53.85%) to beat the incumbent President, John Mahama, who had 4,713,277 votes (44.40%), according to Electoral Commission Chairperson, Charlotte Osei.

“A few minutes ago, I received a call from President @JDMahama congratulating me on winning the 2016 Presidential Election,” he tweeted.

In his acceptance speech, Akufo-Addo promised not to let down his supporters and said that he will be president for all Ghanaians.

Mahama became president in July 2012 after the sudden death of the incumbent leader and was elected later in the year.

The official results came at a time as the entire country was desperately waiting for the final declaration of the winner of the 2016 presidential election.

There was tension hours after polls closed at 5:00pm Wednesday with the two leading political parties claiming to have won the elections.

The Electoral Commission, the institution mandated to announce the certified results had been quiet for hours. When the opportunity came the chair of the Commission said she had not been able to certify any of the results.

She said agents of the political parties had failed to sign the figures coming through the various collation centres.

With no certified results from the EC except, the claims and counter claims by the two leading political parties, the tension became even more palpable.

The official announcement by the electoral body however led to the eruption of jubilation across the country, as millions poured into the streets to celebrate the opposition victory.

Ghana's 2016 national election has been hailed as very credible, free and fair by local and international observers. It has indeed helped to cement Ghana's reputation as a beacon of democracy in Africa.

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