Finally, the electoral commission has announced the winner for the 2020 general election.
President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo has retained his seat as president for Ghana for the next four years, from January 7, 2021 to January 6, 2025.
Nana Akufo-Addo who contested the election on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) won with 6,730,413 votes which represents 51.595 percent of the total valid votes cast.
His closest competitor, John Dramani Mahama from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) got 6,214,889 votes representing 47.36 per cent.
The total valid votes cast was 13, 434,574 representing 79 per cent of the total registered voters.
Declaring the results Wednesday evening [December 9, 2020], 48 hours after the polls closed, the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Jean Mensa described the elections as “incident free” and “peaceful.”
She said the technology deployed on Election Day worked efficiently and effectively.
She said the usual hustle and long queues at polling stations in past elections were all absent.
Without Techiman South
The election results was declared without the Techiman South constituency where the results is in dispute.
The number of registered voters in that constituency is 128,018.
The chairperson of the EC said: “the results is not ready because they are being contested, as such collation has not been completed.”
“It is important to note however, the difference between the total number of votes between the first and second candidates is 515,524 votes. As a result, if you add the 128,018 full results to the results of the second candidate [John Dramani Mahama], it will not change the outcome of the election, hence our declaration of the 2020 presidential results without that of Techiman South,” Mrs Mensa said.
“Indeed if we were to add the entire results, or collate all the results of the Techiman South constituency and that to the percentage and votes of the second candidate, Mr John Dramani Mahama, he will obtain 47.873 percent of the total votes cast and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will obtain 50.8 percent of the total votes cast.
“It is on that basis that we say that the outcome of the election will not change, hence our declaration of the 2020 presidential election without that of Techiman South,” Mrs Mensa added.
“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, on the basis of the foregoing election results, and by the power vested in me as the chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, and the Returning Officer of the presidential election, it is my duty and honour to declare Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as President-elect of the Republic of Ghana. May God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong, let peace rain,” Mrs Mensa declared.
Watch a video the declaration below