Ghanaians go to the polls Wednesday to elect their president and 275 Members of Parliament with voting to take place between 7 am and 5 pm.
Seven presidential candidates are contesting for the highest office in the land — incumbent President John Dramani Mahama of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC); Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, of the leading opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP); Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP); Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP); Dr Edward N. Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC); and Jacob Osei Yeboah, an independent candidate.
The candidate who wins 50 per cent plus one of the votes wins the presidential contest and will govern for four years. If no candidate wins an abosulte majority, there will be a run-off vote between the top two candidates two weeks later.
Figures from the Electoral Commission (EC) show that number of eligible voters is 15,712,499 who can cast their ballots at 28,992 polling stations.
Ghana returned to constitutional rule in 1992 and has elected its presidents and MPs in regularly conducted elections in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK