Ghana General Elections 2020 Commences
Africa | Ghana December 7, 2020
Polling stations in Ghana on December 7, 2020 opened for voters to cast their ballots in the country’s general elections. The voters are electing a next president and 275 members of parliaments. The main campaign issues of the 2020 general elections were reportedly unemployment, corruption, and education.
In the presidential election, the incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo of the ruling party National Patriotic Party (NPP) is being challenged by 11 opposition presidential nominees with former President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said to be his main rival.
This is the third political duel for presidency between Nana Akufo-Addo and John Mahama. The first duel in 2012 presidential election was won by John Mahama, while the second one in 2016 presidential election Nana Akufo-Addo won hence denying Mr Mahama a second term in office. Therefore, the 2020 presidential election could be seen as providing an opportunity for the two emerging pollical titans in Ghana to get involved one more time in yet another highly anticipated and interesting political showdown.
To win the presidency in Ghana, the country’s Constitution requires a presidential nominee to secure over 50% of the vote. Otherwise, a runoff of the presidential election will have to follow.
After Ghana adopted multi-party democracy in 1992, the country has become one of a handful of African countries that are truly stable politically, holding general elections that are not marred by pre and post-election violence and particularly police intimidation, harassment, and brutality of opposition politicians and their supporters.
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