Prof. Atta Mills: Ghana’s New President
Published on 4th January 2009
Professor John Evans Atta Mills of National Democratic Congress (NDC) was on Saturday January 3, 2009 declared the President-Elect of the Republic of Ghana. The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan made the declaration based on the following statistics arising out of the conduct of the Presidential Election Runoff held on December 28, 2008 and January 2, 2009.
Number of votes obtained:
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo 4,480,446 49.77%
Professor John Evans Atta Mills 4,521,032 50.23%
Total valid votes cast 9,001,478
Total rejected votes 92,886
Total votes cast 9,094,364
Total registered voters 12,472,758
Total percentage turn out 72.91%
Percentage rejected votes 1.02%
Nana congratulates Prof. Mills
The flag-bearer of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo congratulated his contender, Prof. John Atta Mills on his victory at the presidential run-off election. He however expressed some reservations about the votes from some constituencies in the Volta Region saying the issues might have to be resolved in court.
“I acknowledge the Electoral Commission’s declaration and congratulate Prof. Mills,” he said.
Nana Addo expressed gratitude to all those who participated in the elections, commending voters, security personnel, and observers. He Ghanaians who voted for him saying that half of the voting population in the country voted for him and his programme while another half voted for Prof. Mills and his programme. He said the closeness of the poll indicated that even the smallest irregularity makes a significant impact on the election results.
The presidential hopeful expressed sympathies those who were assaulted in the election process.“Our democracy will not be complete until the day when Ghanaians regardless of their party affiliation or region of origin can participate fully in our election as voters or polling agents everywhere”. He expressed regret at what he said are attacks on some supporters of the party, commending supporters of the NPP for exercising restraint.
On his part, Prof Atta Mills congratulated Ghanaians for voting for him and said it was time Ghana became one. He said he would discharge his duties without looking at party affiliations.