Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has a slim lead over rival Nana Akufo-Addo with nearly all the votes counted in the country’s tight presidential race, local media says.

A privately owned Joy News television said Mahama had 50.03 per cent of the votes against Akufo-Addo’s 48.05 per cent based on provisional results from 261 of 275 districts.

Joy News television explained that its findings were based on trends of pre-tallied votes in addition to an analysis of outstanding districts.

There were a total of eight presidential candidates. In the event that any of the candidates fail to receive at least 50 per cent of the votes, a run-off vote would be held on December 28. Should this be the case, it is quite obvious that it will be between President Mahama and the main opposition candidate Akufo-Addo.

In recent years, Ghana has risen into an oil rich nation with a booming middle-income economy should be aspiring to bolster its credentials with the election as a stable democracy in West Africa.

Mahama, 54, of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), assumed the presidency in July after his predecessor John Atta Mills died due to an illness.

Mahama’s biggest opponent is Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo who is running for president as the New Patriotic Party candidate. He is from Kyebi in the Eastern Region. He was trained at the University of Ghana as an economist and later pursued law in the UK and practiced in France before returning to Ghana where he worked as a human right advocate.

Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary polls were held on Friday, but polling stations in some areas re-opened on Saturday the 9th of December. According to the Ghana Chronicle, the extension of the election was due to problems with a new biometric system and late delivery of materials, which led to delays. The two main candidates have expressed their approval on how the election was handled.

Based on results from 98% of the constituencies, Spy Ghana puts President Mahama at a very narrow lead of 50.66% while his opponent Akufo-Addo grabbing 47.76% of the votes. These metrics are a little different from the ones posted on the photograph.


Picture by Spy Ghana