Britain has congratulated Nana Akufo-Addo on the occasion of his smashing electoral victory against President John Mahama.

“I congratulate Nana Akufo-Addo on his election as President-elect of Ghana. I also pay tribute to John Dramani Mahama and the other presidential candidates for their statesmanship in accepting the result and respecting the will of the Ghanaian people,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement.

Akufo-Addo cruised to victory in Wednesday's vote by defeating incumbent president John Mahama by close to a million vote.

The Electoral Commission said Akufo-Addo won by 5, 716, 026 (53.85%) while John Dramani Mahama secured 4, 713, 277 (44.40%).

“Through their peaceful conduct during the election, the people of Ghana have written the next chapter in Ghana’s democracy, a democracy that continues to inspire people across the region and the continent,” Mr Johnson said.

“The UK values the excellent partnership it has with Ghana and I look forward to working with the new President and his government," he added.