Voters in Ghana went to the polls yesterday to decide whether to keep President Nana Akufo-Addo or to bring back former President John Mahama. While surveys show the incumbent is likely to retain power, Akufo-Addo’s party is expected to lose seats in Parliament.
There are more than 17 million registered voters this year, with more than 33,000 polling stations.
A pre-election survey from the Ghana Center for Democratic Development found voters concerned about infrastructure, unemployment and education. While there are 12 presidential candidates, the major contenders are incumbent President Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and former President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
New figures have popped up from the New Patriotic Party (NPP’s) collation centre or strongroom as popularly known.
The new projections in the NPP’s strongroom has the NDC’s John Mahama closing in on President Nana Akufo-Addo as compared to earlier projections by the NPP.
In a press conference, the NPP’s General Secretary John Boadu claimed that the party had received results from 34,040 polling stations representing 87.43 per cent of the total of 38,933 total.
Out of the number, Boadu claimed that Akufo-Addo won 6, 085, 000 (6.085 million) representing 52.72 per cent as against Mahama’s 5,308,000 (5.308 million) representing 45.93 percent.
The latest projection is reporting of results from 37,628 polling stations (96.13 per cent of total polling stations).
According to the results projected and sighted by Ghsplash.com, Akufo-Addo has won 6,557,101 votes while John Mahama has 5,989,168 votes.
This brings the supposed gap between Akufo-Addo which was over 700,000 votes at the time of the press conference to around 570,000 votes.