Breaking: Akufo-Addo re-elected for the second term in Ghana

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Ghana President elect Nana Akufo-Addo during his inauguration ceremony in Accra, Ghana, Saturday Jan. 7, 2017. Ghana's chief justice swore in the nation's newly elected President Nana Akufo-Addo amid a sea of people dressed in the red, blue and white colors of his party. Akufo-Addo, 72, won the Dec. 7 election on his third run for the office, defeating incumbent John Dramani Mahama. (AP Photo)

Ghanaian President Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been re-elected for a second four-year term, the electoral Commission announced on Wednesday.

He surveyed 6,730,413 votes, speaking to 51.595 percent of the all-out substantial votes cast.

His opponent, John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) got 6,214,889 votes speaking to 47.36 percent.

Akufo-Addo ran on the foundation of the New Patriotic Party.

Turn out was 13, 434,574 representing 79 per cent of the 17 million registered voters.

After putting Ghanaians on tenterhooks since 5pm on Tuesday, the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Jean Mensa finally pronounced the winner.

She described the elections as “incident free” and “peaceful, although police said five persons died.”

While Akufo-Addo beat Mahama by about 500,000 votes, his party was locked in a nail-biting finish to secure a majority in parliament.

With two seats left to be declared, the NPP secured 137 seats out of 275 seats, while NDC got 135 seats. An independent got one seat.

Two seats for Sene West and Upper Denkyira West remain to be called.

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