The 2016 election will go down in history as one of the most fiercly contested election in the history of Ghana.
Many described it as a make or break because, no matter the the way the presidential results go, a history will definitely be make.
On the part of the New Patriotic party, a lose for the then opposition flag bearer, Akufo Addo will mean that the party will be in opposition for another twelve years which will be unprecedented.
For the then President Mahama, the stakes were much higher because a defeat will make him the first president in the fourth republic to be kicked out of office after serving just one term.
Be as it may, former president Mahama, by a majority decision through the power of the thumb and the ballot box was kicked out by Ghanaians making him the first incumbent president to lose an election.
However before that historic moment blow to blow account leading to the election will be relevant.
Filing and disqualification of presidential aspirants
As at the deadline for the closing of nominations for the presidential aspirants, about sixteen possible aspirants had filed their nomination forms by 30th September 2016.
However the shocking moment came when the returning officer for the presidential election, who happens to be the chairperson of the commission, madam Charlotte Osei announced the disqualification of some aspirants from the race.
Notable amongst them include Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom flagbearer for the Progressive People’s Party, former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings the flagbearer for the National Democratic Party (NDP), Dr. Hassan Ayariga, candidate for All People’s Congress (APC), Madam Akua Donkor, the leader of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) and the list goes on.
However, the aggrieved disqualified candidates later sued the Electoral Commission at the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court later directed the EC to allow the disqualified candidates correct the anomalies on their nomination forms.
The number of qualified candidates were later pruned to seven.
Campaign motion sets in.
Following the declaration of qualified candidates to contest the election, the tone was now set for all the political parties to embark on vigorous campaign.
The presidential candidates with their campaign teams travelled the length and breadth of the country to canvass for votes.
The then ruling government, the National Democratic Congress, NDC, campaigned on the back of huge infrastructure developments scattered across the country. Notable amongst them is the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in Accra nicknamed Circle Dubai.
The Opposition New Patriotic Party was also up and arm antagonizing the government in respect to the management of the economy.
Numerous promises were made, with the One is One development slogan which includes One district one dam, one constituency one million dollars, one village one dam and many others as the leading slogan.
Free Senior High School was also on every lip of the sympathisers of the NPP to convince the floating voters.
Little was heard of the smaller parties including the PPP, NDP, CPP and the others.
The election day
As the countdown to the election day was over Ghanaians from all walks of life started queuing at the various polling stations as early as the dawn of 7th December 2016.
Everyone was anxious to cast their votes to either maintain or elect a new government.
Long queues were recorded at various polling stations as early as 2 am, through to midday.
voting has to come to a halt at few voting centers as a result of misunderstanding between officials of the EC and the party representatives.
However voting ended peacefully nationwide by 5 am of the same day.
Few centers that recorded hitches due to late arrival of electoral materials had their election postponed to the next day.
Then the results started tickling and fast. The nerves were high as to how the outcome will be like. All media outlets were declaring the provisional results to keep Ghanaians informed.
A new president is elected
Then came the moment everyone has been waiting for. The signs on the wall were clear that and Ghanaians have spoken to elect a new leader.
President Mahama lost the election to his longtime rival Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo.
The outgoing president called the incoming president to congratulate him on his victory and promised to lead the way for a smooth transition.
Not long after President Mahama concedied defeat, the returning Officer for the Presidential Election madam Charlotte Osei declared the final results declaring Nana Akufo Addo as the fifth President elect of the fourth republic.