Elections in Ghana: December 7 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections

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5 Dec 2012

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Ghana’s December 7 elections will be the first since the country’s 2012 biometric voter registration initiative, which produced new voter ID cards and generated a voter list of over 14 million. Voters will select members of parliament – including seats for 45 new constituencies – and will vote to replace or re-elect President John Dramani Mahama. Mahama took office in July, succeeding then-President John Atta-Mills, who died five months before the end of his first term. President Mahama, of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), will contend for office against seven other candidates, including the leading opposition party candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

To help observers better understand the backdrop of these elections, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has put together a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs). Among the topics explored in Elections in Ghana: December 7 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections are:

  • How are presidential and parliamentary elections structured in Ghana?
  • What legal provisions ensure the independence of the Electoral Commission?
  • Who are the main candidates in the presidential election?
  • How will voting and vote counting be conducted?

Download IFES' FAQ on Elections in Ghana.

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