Ghana Elects President Today

Incumbent president John Mahama will slug it out with main rival Nana Akufo-Addo as Ghanaians elect their president and lawmakers today.

There are 15.8 million registered voters who will determine the direction the West African country will go. Apart from the president, 275 members of parliament will be elected across the country.

The president will be elected using the two-round system. 

The lawmakers will be elected in single-member constituencies using first-past-the-post voting.

Campaigns ended on Monday with Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic party (NPP) as leading candidates.

“We are really at a pivotal moment,” Akufo-Addo told reporters in his residence in the capital, Accra, adding: “It is important that these acts of violence perpetrated by elements of the ruling party are brought before the courts.”

Akufo-Addo, a 72-year-old lawyer, was minister of justice from 2001 until 2003 when he became foreign minister. 

Both Akufo-Addo and Mahama are veteran politicians. Both stem from rich and influential families and studied or worked abroad, before climbing the political ladder.

Wishing them the best

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