The Electoral Commission says it is delaying the announcement of official results following the detection of "several incidents" of "over-voting" - that means cases where the number of votes cast exceeded the number of people registered to vote at a given polling station.
Elections come at a time of severe economic decline and reports of rising voter intimidation in west African nation. "It's going to be an anxious time, I know, until the results are formally declared".
"The NPP has done everything to try to bastardize the 2016 general election".
Finally, the voting out of John Mahama would be a strong indicator that Ghanaians are finally expressing their abhorrence for corruption by a sitting government and have subsequently punished the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for that.
"The duty we owe to the people of Ghana is not to declare results quickly, but to declare results that reflect the will of the people", Electoral Commission Chairman Charlotte Osei said on Thursday. But this year might see Ghana's normally peaceful transition tested after the leading opposition party of Akufo-Addo called on president John Mahama to concede defeat.
Akufo-Addo ran for the presidency in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 and was serially beaten in closely fought elections in those years.
Ghana's opposition candidate Nana Akufo-Addo told a cheering crowd on Thursday he was "confident" he's won the presidential election, despite the official results not yet being released.
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The election had been blighted by sporadic outbursts of violence in a country otherwise known as a beacon of freedom and democracy in Africa.
An exporter of gold, cocoa and oil, Ghana was once hailed as a regional growth model but has now taken on too much debt, and in 2015 had to go to the International Monetary Fund for a bailout.
"This translates into 5441642 votes for the NPP's presidential candidate and 4497477 for the NDC candidate, a clear difference of 944164", said Mr. Awuku.
The commission's delay in announcing the results yesterday forced Akuffo-Addo, the candidate of the largest opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP) to address a press conference where he claimed victory.
There are 275 parliamentary seats being contested.
The incumbent president took to twitter on Friday morning to issue an advice to Ghanaians to allow the EC the opportunity to exercise its mandate. The NPP's Asutifu South candidate said she and her team had been assaulted by men holding guns and cutlasses, leaving one of her team in a critical condition.