The Chairman of the Electoral Commission Dr Kwadwo Afari-Djan said:
It is my duty to declare Prof. John Evans Atta Mills the president-elect of the Republic of Ghana.”
The major opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been declared winner of the close presidential run-off in Ghana. Its candidate Professor John Evans Atta-Mills polled 4,521,032 representing 50.23% as against Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) 4,480,446 (49.77%).
Dr Afari-Djan said the Commission assessed the evidence of the alleged electoral fraud submitted by both parties. He said that of the NPP bothered on criminalities that is outside the remit of the Commission while that of the NDC has no merit.
Hundreds of jubilant supporters of NDC who have besieged the surroundings of the Commission’s premises welcomed the news with pump and pageantry. They held miniature flags of the party and drove at top speed on the streets of Accra. Ghana is generally calm and the usual traffic on the streets is totally absent.
The Director of Commission of the NPP Campaign team, Dr. Attah Kennedy, said his said is disappointed and the defeated candidate would be issuing a statement to “underline their reservation later in the day.”
The NPP boycotted the last constituency election held on Friday in Tain constituency of the Brong Ahafo region that decided the final winner.
Outgoing President John Agyekum Kufuor in his New Year message called on all stakeholders to respect the final result. He appealed for calm and said any complaints of vote-rigging should be dealt with by the courts after the new president is sworn in on Wednesday.
Born on 21 July 1944 at Tarkwa in western Ghana, “The Prof”, as Mr Atta Mills is known, has pursued a long academic career.
He graduated in law at the University of Ghana in 1967 before pursuing his legal studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
Mr Atta Mills then won a Fulbright scholarship at Stanford Law School in the US.
He later returned to his alma mater the University of Ghana, where he taught for nearly 25 years.
Mr Atta Mills was national tax commissioner under Mr Rawlings before being promoted to the vice-presidency.
He is a keen hockey player, at one time a member of the national team, and also enjoys swimming.
He is married to Ernestina Naadu Mills, a director of education and trained marriage counsellor.
The former second lady-turned-first lady is also a dog-lover who has kept cross-bred Alsatians. The couple have one son, Sam Kofi Atta Mills. Profile credit: BBC