Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, who is the returning officer of the 2020 elections, has declared incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo the winner of the presidential elections.
At a press conference at the Commission’s headquarters in Accra to announce the results of the presidential poll which was a re-election push for incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo and former president John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Electoral Commissioner, Jean Mensa declared that the president has been retained.
Nana Akufo-Addo polled 6,730,413, representing 51.595% while John Mahama garnered 6, 214, 889 representing 47.366% in the 8th election in the 4th Republic that had a dozen candidates.
This is the second defeat Mr Mahama has suffered contesting his former colleague in Parliament.
In 2016, the former Attorney General in the Kufuor administration won in his third attempt at the presidency with 5,774,543 which was 53.58% of the valid votes cast.
Mr Mahama, who was the sitting President then was defeated after he polled 4,814,140 which was 44.67% of the valid votes.
She stated that this year, due to measures put in place by the EC, there was hardly incidents of missing names as was the case in the past.
“The results are evidence for all to see”, adding that the EC has succeeded in transforming its Biometric devices.”
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is heartwarming to stand before you today to declare the results.
She started the declaration around 5:47pm.
She reiterated that the Commission was committed to declare the results in 24-hours but as the saying goes, “man proposes, God disposes.”
She described this year’s elections as historic, saying the day went by without major incident.
According to her, the EC remained eternally grateful to God.
She said the EC remained resolute to deliver credible, transparent, free and fair elections in Ghana.
Mrs Mensa thanked Ghanaians for believing in the EC and “for walking us.”
She thanked the media for supporting the Commission over the months and helping to educate the public on the working of the EC.
She further commended the international election observers who ensured that the elections were transparent, peaceful and fair.