Following the 7th December 2016 presidential and parliamentary polls, Ghana has retained its status as an archetype of democratic progress, stability and good governance, as opposition candidate Nana Akufo-Addo emerged victorious. Akufo-Addo’s and the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) victory signalled the end of an 8-year rule by the left-leaning National Democratic Congress, latterly headed by President John Mahama.

A call to president-elect by Mahama congratulating him on the electoral result ultimately eased widely unrealistic fears that the President would refuse to cede power. After a two-day period during which the NDC maintained the façade that it could still win the election, Mahama called on his supporters to accept defeat calmly, while Akufo-Addo issued a low-key victory speech. During the painstaking 52 hours taken by the Electoral Commission to count and verify the votes, both the NDC and the NPP called for patience and requested that their supporters refrain from violence.