The New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo has been announced as the winner of the Ghana’s presidential election with an absolute majority over President John Mahama, two private radio stations disclosed on Friday.
According to Joy FM’s, opposition candidate winning 53.27 percent of the vote and Mahama on 44.93 percent. The results, the station said based on its count of 233 constituencies out of 275 in total while Citi FM gave Akufo-Addo 54.97 percent based on 231 constituencies
Mahama appealed for calm and told his supporters he would respect the outcome of Wednesday’s vote whether he won or lost, in comments aimed at defusing tension ahead of the release of official results expected Saturday.”I want to assure the nation that we will respect the outcome of the election, positive or negative, and so let us just be calm,” he told supporters gathered outside his house.
His campaign chief said on Friday the party lost many parliamentary seats but hopes to win the presidency. The country is eagerly awaiting official results but Ghana Electoral Commissioner Charlotte Osei said they would be announced by Saturday once technical issues had been resolved. She said turnout was “pretty disappointing” at around 49 percent based on the figures received so far.
Akufo-Addo’s main campaign theme was that his New Patriotic Party (NPP) could better manage an economy that has slowed since Mahama took power in 2013. The former foreign minister, 72, also said his party had also picked up 49 seats in parliament. The ruling National Democratic Congress says it has lost its parliamentary majority.Ghana had one of the most dynamic economies of Africa for years but GDP growth slowed in part due to lower global prices for the country’s exports of gold, cocoa and oil.
The government is mid-way through an International Monetary Fund programme to restore fiscal stability in the face of an increased budget deficit, high public debt, inflation and a currency that has halved in value since 2014. The NPP supported the IMF programme and has presented detailed plans for the country in line with its free market and conservative ideology. These include giving each district around $1 million per year to spend on development projects.The cedi currency was not directly impacted by the early results.