By Andah John with agency report
Opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has been declared winner of Ghana’s presidential election, defeating incumbent president John Mahama.
According to Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC), Akufo-Addo polled 53.85% of the votes, while Mahama took 44.40%.
“It’s my duty to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as President-elect of the Republic of Ghana,” Charlotte Osei, the commission’s chairwoman told media at its headquarters in Accra.
Mahama’s defeat is the first for a sitting president since Ghana returned to multi-party democracy in 1992.
Mahama calls Akufo-Addo
And following his victory, Akufo-Addo tweeted that the president had phoned him to congratulate him.
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) December 9, 2016
Winner after three attempts
Electoral victory has finally come at the third attempt for Akufo-Addo. The 72-year-old lawyer has promised to industrialise the country and build factories in each of Ghana’s 216 districts.