GhElections: Ghanaians Head to the Polls Today!

The much anticipated Ghana elections is finally here. About 15, 712, 499 voters will head to the polls to participate in the presidential and parliamentary elections

The D-day is finally here. Ghana heads to the polls today December 7, to choose a leader who will rule the country for the next four years. Both the presidential and parliamentary elections will take place today.

A total number of 15, 712, 499 registered voters are expected to cast their ballots today. Voting according to the Electoral Commission, will take place in 28, 992 polling stations, across the 275 constituencies.

Yesterday evening, hundreds of Ghanaians began forming queues at respective polling stations, to be able to cast their ballots in time. The stations saw some who went as far as passing the night and some who even placed objects to stand in their place.

See: Objects Queue In For Hundreds of Ghanaians Ahead of Elections

It was also reported that the NPP transported over 3,000 students of the University of Ghana yesterday [Tuesday] to various constituencies where they will cast their votes today. The frustration level at various bus terminals especially in Accra were described by many as “unprecedented” as many travelers were unable to find a means of transport.

In this year’s Ghana elections, the electorate will have to make a choice out of seven presidential aspirants. The seven presidential candidates include; incumbent President Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Edward Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive Peoples’ Party (PPP).

Also contesting is Jacob Osei Yeboah, who is standing as an independent candidate. To win, a candidate has to garner more than 50 percent of valid votes cast.

Parliamentary Polls

Ghanaians will also elect their Members of Parliament (MPs) today. According to the EC, 1,158 parliamentary candidates are contesting the 275 parliamentary seats. The parliamentary results will be declared at the constituency collation centres by the returning officers in each of the constituencies.

2012 Ghana Elections

President Mahama’s strongest competitor, Nana Addo of the NPP, will be competing for presidency for the third time. The two also ran the 2012 election which gained international media attention after the NPP contested the validity of the results of the polls at the Supreme Court. A hearing on the case which lasted for 8 months had proceeded, despite the fact that Mahama had already been sworn in as President of the country.