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Today in History, exactly 11 years ago, On 2nd Jan 2009, The National Democratic congress (NDC) candidate John Evans Atta Mills won Ghana’s presidential election getting 50.23% of the vote, against 49.77% for his rival Nana Akufo-Addo of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP)

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President-elect John Atta Mills addresses party supporters at the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) headquaters shortly after being declared winner of Ghana’s run-off presidential election, in Accra on January 3, 2009.

National Democratic congress (NDC) candidate John Evans Atta Mills won Ghana’s presidential election, on January 2, 2009 by a narrow margin.

Atta Mills took 50.23 percent of the vote, against 49.77 percent for his rival Nana Akufo-Addo of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP)

Since neither of the eight (8) candidates for the Presidency received a majority of the votes in the December 7th, 2008 elections, the Electoral Commission (EC) announced a runoff on the 28th of December.

The runoff election was so close that it could not be decided until the last of the 230 constituencies, the Tain constituency, voted after all other constituencies had been counted and certified.

Voters in the Tain Constituency were not able to vote in the December run-off following some misunderstanding over polling. The Tain Constituency were then scheduled to Vote on the 2nd of January, 2009

The Electoral commissioner, Dr. Afari Djan however announced the results collated for the 229 out of 230 constituencies as follows:
Professor Atta Mills 50.13 %
Nana Akuffo Addo 49.87%

On the basis of the official results Collated, after the run-off election in the Tain constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region, The EC, Dr. Afari Djan declared Professor John Evans Atta Mills the President-elect of Ghana.

Supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress cheer as President-elect John Atta Mills addresses party supporters at the headquaters of the party shortly after being declared winner of the run off presidential election in Accra

John Evans Atta mills succeeded President John Agyekum Kufuor of the New Patriotic Party, who was due to step down on January 7 after serving the maximum two elected four-year terms allowed by the Constitution.

It is to date the closest election in Ghanaian history.

Bibliography:

  1.  “2008 Presidential Candidates”Electoral Commission of Ghana. Archived from the original on 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
  2. ^ “NCCE Poll — April 2008”. Think Ghana. Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
  3. ^ “Akufo-Addo Leads Rivals in Ghana”Angus Reid Global Monitor. 2008-12-01. Archived from the original on 2009-01-11. Retrieved 2008-12-10

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