Both of Ghana’s main political parties — the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of incumbent President John Dramani Mahama, and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) — have claimed victory in the Dec 7 general election but the Electoral Commission has still not announced the official results and the police have called for “maximum restraint” from all parties.

NPP presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo is emphatic that he has won the presidency but called for calm as the EC goes through the motions to declare the results for the election.

“We have clinched a famous and historic victory it is important that we remain calm. We have been through this before Let the EC do its work,” he told members and supporters of his party, who had thronged his residence in Nima, Accra to celebrate ahead of the official declaration of the Presidential and Parliamentary results.

He said he was confident, that with the figures available to the Party, the NPP had an overwhelming majority of the seats in Parliament and “victory would not elude the NPP when the EC declares the results of the polls”.

He thanked the other aspirants in the presidential race who had called to congratulate him, saying that they would be playing a part in the quest for the development of the country.

The EC has asked the political parties to give it up to 72 hours to collate and certify the results from the constituencies before declaration.

Both the NPP and the governing NDP are claiming victory in the December 7 polls, while the police have asked all political parties to observe the rules governing the collation, certification and declaration of results of the election in order not to compromise the peace and tranquility of the country.

Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the NDC said his party was confident of winning the presidential election and justified the delay in the declaration of results. He told the media here Thursday the NDC had collated results from across the country which indicated victory for President Mahama.

Addressing a media conference here Thursday, Commissioner of Police Christian Tetteh Yohuno, who is the Director-General of Operations of the Ghana Police Service, said there seemed to be rising tension in the aftermath of the counting of ballots.

He described the turn of events as unfortunate as it seemed to be creating an anti-climax to the otherwise near-perfect electoral process.