In an extremely close election, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo was re-elected against his historic political opponent John Mahama, whom…

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Presidential election in Ghana: Nana Akufo-Addo re-elected with 51.59% of the vote

In an extremely close election, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo was re-elected against his historic political opponent John Mahama, whom he was facing for the third time, according to results announced by the election commission on Wednesday. 

Nana Akufo-Addo again victorious in the presidential election of Ghana. The outgoing president was re-elected with 51.59 percent of the vote, the Electoral Commission said Wednesday, December 9.

The Head of State, leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), defeated John Mahama, opposition candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who received 47.36 percent of the votes, announced Jean Adukwei Mensa, chairperson of the Electoral Commission in a video broadcast live on social networks.

On Monday, more than 17 million voters were called to the polls to choose between twelve candidates for the supreme magistracy and elect their 275 deputies, but the real duel was between these two candidates who were competing for the third time.  

"Incidents"

The elections were generally peaceful, although five people were killed in electoral violence, according to police.  

"These were isolated incidents, although some were tragic," the head of the European Union observer mission, Javier Nart, said Wednesday. "Ghanaians voted freely on Monday," he insisted.  

Aside from the violence, the election was generally hailed as an example in West Africa, which this year has been plagued by several violent and disputed polls, particularly in neighboring Côte d'Ivoire. 

However, on Tuesday evening, the cordial agreement between the two candidates, who signed a "peace pact" committing them not to support any violence during the vote and the proclamation of results, crumbled and the tone hardened.  

Positive outcome

Nana Akufo-Addo benefits from a rather positive diplomatic and social record with the creation of free high schools and better access to education for all.  

But youth unemployment has been a central issue in this campaign. More than half of the voters are under 35 years of age.  

Since the 2000s, this country, rich in gold, cocoa and more recently oil, has experienced one of the highest growth rates in the world. 

But some regions continue to live in extreme poverty and the coronavirus crisis has hit the country hard, with growth this year expected to fall to 0.9 per cent, according to the IMF, the lowest rate in more than 30 years. 

For his part, John Mahama, who is seen as a personable and close to the people, will have to make people forget the accusations of economic mismanagement that prevented his re-election. 

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