Ghana has once again shown maturity at the polls by peacefully voting out the incumbent President. Ghana’s opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo was declared the winner of presidential elections late Friday, securing the country’s highest office on his third attempt and helping to cement the West African nation’s reputation as a model for democracy on the continent.
The 72-year old Oxford-educated lawyer and leader of the New Patriotic Party, accepted a concession from President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress. Shortly afterward, Ghana’s Electoral Commissioner, Charlotte Osei, formally declared Mr. Akufo-Addo had won 53.8% of the vote to Mr. Mahama’s 44.4%.
“I make this solemn pledge to you tonight: I will not let you down. I will do all in my power to live up to your hopes and expectations,” Akufo-Addo told supporters in front of his residence.