Electoral Commission (EC) Chairman Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan has declared Ghana’s incumbent president John Dramani Mahama the winner of the 2012 presidential election.
President Mahama, who ran on the ticket of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), drew 5,574,761 votes, representing 50.70% of the total, to win the polls held on Friday and Saturday.
The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, won 5,248,898 of the valid votes cast, representing 47.74%.
Out of a total of 14,158,890 registered voters, 11,246,982 voters exercised their franchise. 10,995,262 of the votes cast were deemed valid, putting the total number of rejected ballots at 251,720. The turnout in the 275 constituencies was 79.43%
The flag-bearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, placed third with 64,362 votes, or 0.59% of all votes cast.
Multimedia's Elections Headquarters had projected that incumbent president would win the poll and the EC's results confirmed the projected results of Joy FM.
There are wild celebrations on major streets and pubs across the country.