?ACCRA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) — President John Dramani Mahama?s victory in Friday?s general election will rejuvenate the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), its Chairman Kwabena Adjei said here in an interview.


President John Dramani Mahama
President John Dramani Mahama

He also believed that the victory signified the strength and collective will of the people of Ghana and the desire to stay together.


The chairman said it was victory for Ghana and not just one political party, and urged their opponents to remain calm and accept the results.


President Mahama secured 50.70 percent in the elections held over the weekend returning ruling NDC to power.


The Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, announced that the president secured a total of 5,574,761 votes or 50.70 percent, while his closest opponent, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo secured 5,248,898 or 47.74 percent.


?Based on the results given, I declare John Dramani Mahama as president-elect for the Republic of Ghana,? the chairman declared.


Mahama, who has been the care-taker president since the death of former president John Evans Atta Mills on July 24, will on January 7 be sworn in as the substantive president of Ghana considered as one of Africa?s beacons of democracy.


Last Friday?s election was the first one in which the EC used biometric registers and biometric ?Verification Machines (BVM) to conduct its polls.


There were machine breakdowns in many constituencies, causing a postponement of polls in the affected areas till Saturday.


Turn-out for the election with voter population of over 14.1 million registered voters was 11,246,982 or 79.43 percent, while rejected ballots were 251, 720.


Campaign coordinator for the president, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, said the victory was the victory of truth against falsehood.


?Ghanaians have proven that they are discerning and can choose between false promises and realistic promises,? he added.


Afriyie-Ankrah said politicians should stop taking the electorate for granted and make realistic and achievable promises, apparently in reference to the Free Senior High School (SHS) of their main challenger, Akufo-Addo.


Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Enoch Teye Mensah said the NDC would grow from strength to strength, as the party has ?re-discovered its strength of 1992 and 1996?.? Enditem.

by Justice Lee Adoboe


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