The 77–years–old candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo looks set to become the next President of Ghana.

Large sections of the Ghanaian media are reporting that he has already won 54 percent of the votes. A victory for Akufo-Addo will effectively end President John Mahama’s quest for a second term.

However, Ghana’s Electoral Commission says it needs at least 72 hours after the close of voting to be able to officially announce the results.

Even so, Akufo-Addo said on Thursday that he had won the election. His residence has been jammed with jubilant supporters who are already celebrating the undeclared victory.

President John Mahama had declared that he would respect the outcome of the polls no matter who won. He told Ghanaians: “I want to assure the nation that we will respect the outcome of the elections, positive or negative. Let’s allow the EC to carry out its constitutional mandate. We’ll make Ghana proud no matter the outcome.”