Today, Ghanaians head to the polls to elect a president and 275 members of parliament.
Two candidates dominate the presidential race. The incumbent John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will fight to keep his seat away from Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP). They both expect to win over 95 percent of the votes. The 2016 election is a rerun of the 2012 polls, with the same two major party candidates. This would be Akufo-Addo’s third bid for the presidency.
There are five other candidates competing in the elections: Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Congress (CPP), former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Edward Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and Jacob Osei Yeboah, an independent candidate.
Unlike in most African countries where the presidential seat hardly switches between parties, no party has ruled more than eight years (two terms) since the return to democracy in Ghana.