At the time of going to press, provisional results from 96 out of 28,992 polling stations put Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), ahead with a total of 18,376 votes, representing 52.23 per cent.
The President, John Dramani Mahama, who is the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) polled 15,920, representing 45.25 per cent, while Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, the presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) received 515 votes, representing 1.46 per cent.
The rest of the candidates Ivor Greenstreet (CPP), Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, (NDP) Dr. Edward Mahama (PNC) and independent candidate Jacob Osei Yeboah, failed to make any impact.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that Dr. Zanetor Rawlings, the NDC parliamentary candidate of Klottey Korle, won the seat, while Ambrose Derry of the NPP also won the Nandom seat.
Dr. Kwaku Afriyie of the NPP, was also reported to have won the Sefwi-Wiawso seat.
It was also speculated that the Deputy Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Dr. Dominic Ayine, had taken a commanding lead in the Bolgatanga East constituency to retain the seat for the NDC, while Isaac Adongo, also of the NDC, was in poll position to win the Bolgatanga Central seat.
Meanwhile, the campaign team of President Mahama has called on his followers to remain calm as the results trickle in from across the country.
“We recognise also, that the voting process was very smooth and orderly. Voters comported themselves well, despite some isolated incidents and delayed start of voting at a number of polling stations,” a statement signed by the spokesperson Joyce Bawa Magtari, said.
“It also acknowledged the decision of the Electoral Commission to extend voting in the Afram Plains South Constituency and re-opening of the polls in Jaman North Constituency tomorrow.
The statement encouraged the supporters to continue to remain calm as the ballots make their way to the constituency collation centres, saying that this moment, a number of radio stations are announcing polling station results and not constituency tallies.
“With the details we have from our Parallel Vote Tabulation, President John Dramani Mahama is in a comfortable lead, and we encourage all supporters to wait for the Electoral Commission as it receives and releases the verified results to the media via its Coalition & Media Centres.
“Let us continue to ignore and treat with contempt, claims by some radio and TV stations announcing who is leading the pack or winning the election based on polling station results that do not equate to a total of three (3) constituencies,” it said, and thanked the supporters for their confidence in the John Dramani Mahama administration and for their votes.