Ghana votes in general election
Some 15,712,499 Ghanaians are eligible to vote in today’s general election which will see elections for a President, Vice-President and the 275 members of the Parliament of Ghana.
In the 2012 general election John Dramani Mahama of the centre-left National Democratic Congress (NDC) took 50.70% of the vote compared with 47.74 for his main rival, Nana Akufo-Addo of the centre-right New Patriotic Party (NPP). In parliament the NDC took 148 seats and the NPP took 123 seats and a larger percentage of the vote. Turnout was high at 80.01%.
In this election there are seven presidential and 1,158 parliamentary candidates. The presidential candidates are:
John Dramani Mahama; National Democratic Congress (centre-left incumbent)
Ivor Greenstreet; Convention People’s Party (left-wing)
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; New Patriotic Party (centre-right main opposition)
Paa Kwesi Nduom; Progressive People’s Party (left-wing)
Edward Mahama; People’s National Convention (left-wing)
Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings; National Democratic Party (centre-left)
Jacob Osei Yeboah; Independent
Opinion polls would suggest that John Mahama and the NDC will win once more. There are 25 political parties contesting the elections and voters will vote at 28,992 polling stations between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time. A total of 126,875 special voters (armed forces, police etc.) were able to vote in advance, with 92,231 votes or 72.69% having done so. There is also overseas voting with results expected by 10th December.