Top 11 memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

Top 11 memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

The December 2016 presidential election is over we have winners and losers.

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Nana Akufo-Addo, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, won 53.8% of the votes to defeat incumbent President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress, who managed 44.4%.

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10 top memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

Here are 11 top memorable from the election that history will remember.

1. The near-perfect organisation by the EC

10 top memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

Thousands of Ghanaians commended the EC for what they called a smooth organisation of the polls. In many polling stations, people voted within minutes of getting there.

2. The press conference by the NPP claiming victory and urging Mahama to concede

10 top memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

Nana Akufo-Addo's campaign manager, Peter Mac Manu, held a press conference at about 2:30am on December 8, claiming victory for the NPP and urging President Mahama to concede defeat.

His remarks sparked outrage in a section of the public.

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3. The counter-press conference by the NDC condemning the NPP

10 top memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

The NDC organised a counter-press conference led by Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, and rejected assertions by the NPP that it had won. The NDC stressed that its candidate, Mahama, was in a "comfortable lead".

4. Akufo-Addo’s announcement claiming victory

10 top memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

Akufo-Addo later held a press conference and claimed that he had won the election. However, he asked his supporters to be patient and await the official declaration from the EC.

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5. Anyidoho’s interview, accusing the NPP of stampeding the EC

10 top memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

The NDC deputy general secretary, Koku Anyidoho, gave an interview to an Accra-based radion station in which he condemned the NPP for claiming victory ahead of the EC's declaration.

He said the NPP, by its action, was trying to foment violence in the country and the NDC would be ready to match the party boot for boot.

6. Mahama’s announcement that he would accept the election result irrespective of outcome

10 top memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

This annoucment by the president helped calm tensions in the country.

7. Asiedu Nketia's press conference assuring NDC supporters of victory

10 top memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

The NDC general secretary, Asiedu Nketia, held a press conference and rejected claims that Akufo-Addo was leading.

He told party faithful that Mahama was "cruising to victory".

8. Mahama concession call to Akufo-Addo

Top 11 memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

At around 7:45pm on December 9, Mahama called Akufo to concede defeat. He also pledged to support the president-elect.

9. EC Chairperson Charlotte Osei declares election results

Top 11 memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

Charlotte Osei declared Akufo-Addo president-elect moments after Mahama conceded defeat.

10. Mahama delivered his concession speech

Top 11 memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

Mahama delivered his concession speech and congratulated Akufo-Addo on his election.

11. Akufo-Addo victory speech

Top 11 memorable moments from the 2016 presidential elections that history will remember

Akufo-Addo delivered his victory speech and pledged to be president for all Ghanaians. He also thanked his supporters for helping him secure the presidency.

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