16:30 GMT28 January 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The incumbent Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has won the presidential election and secured his second term, the country’s Electoral Commission said on Wednesday.

    The 76-year-old incumbent leader received 51.2 percent of the vote on Monday, while his main rival, former president John Mahama, got less than 48 percent. 

    "Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party [NPP] declared President-Elect," the commission said.

    Parliamentary elections were held on the same day as the presidential vote, but their results are yet to be announced.

    In the 2016 presidential election, Akufo-Addo was also up against Mahama, and the NPP candidate won with 53.7 percent of the vote. Mahama was the president of Ghana between 2012-2016.

    International observers, including EU chief observer Javier Nart, have described the election as mostly free, but political tensions erupted after Mahama accused his rival of undermining democracy.

    The political tensions triggered post-election violence between supporters of the main candidates that has killed at least five people and injured 17 more.

    Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the turnout was high, as over 13 million people, or nearly 80 percent of the registered voters, participated in the election.

    election, Presidential Election, Ghana
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