The New Patriotic Party’s William Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has won Ghana’s hotly contested 2016 presidential election.
Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei declared Mr Akufo-Addo the winner, with 53.85% of the votes, while Mr Mahama took 44.40%. Turnout was at 68.62%.
The announcement came just a few hours after incumbent President John Mahama called the opposition leader to admit defeat.
Celebrations have broken out in Ghana’s major cities with supporters dancing to the governing party’s campaign song, ‘Onaapo’.
Many Ghanaians are hopeful the new president will turn the faltering economy around and make their lives better having promised among other things free-high school education and more factories – ambitions heavily questioned by critics.
In his victory speech, Mr Akufo-Addo said he will be president for all and live up to expectations.
“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,” he told jubilant supporters in front of his Nima residence.
Ghana has been a multi-party democracy since the end of military rule in 1992 and this result is seen as reinforcing its reputation for the peaceful transfer of power between administrations.