Accra: Ghana’s incumbent President John Mahama was declared winner of the presidential election, defeating opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo, as per BBC reports.
It was a close contest; with Mahama edging pass his opponent with a total of 50.7% of votes in his favor. Such was the disbelief of the opposition camp that they have decided to challenge the results.
The NPP, who is the opposition, said that if this situation goes unchallenged it will damage the essence of both the electoral process and democracy in the country.
President Mahama urged "all leaders of all political parties to respect the voice of the people". He added to affirm his election that the voice of people is the voice of God.
There were protests in some parts of the country to oppose the results and police had to use tear gas to deter them. The EC was even barricaded by the police taking safety measures.
"Ladies and gentlemen, based on the results given, I declare John Dramani Mahama president-elect," electoral commission chief Kwadwo Afari-Gyan told journalists.
The turnout for the poll was around 80%.
First Published: Monday, December 10, 2012, 13:54