God Bless Ghana and Make the Nation Great and Strong
Unlike other African counties who have experienced violence in their elections, Ghana remains relatively free from violence during elections due to its peaceful democratic change of government since becoming a republic and conducted its first general elections in 1992.
Known as a multi-party democratic state since 1992, the votes cast by the citizens have always been huge among only two parties, the NPP and NDC making them the major parties to rotate power smoothly since 1992 in the country.
The electoral commission of Ghana continues to take significant steps to ensure peaceful, free and fair elections before, during and after elections.
The steps involve institutional bodies locally and internationally that influence elections in the country to administer free and fair elections through, in-depth monitoring of voting, setting up task forces to ensure safety and security at polling stations, investigating electoral registrations and initiating public awareness campaigns for peace.
Over the years, elections were conducted among the various constituencies and polling stations among the 10 regions of the country.
Nonetheless, under the NPP administration led by the incumbent president Nana Akufo Addo, which began in January 07 2016, as part of the party’s policies was the extra division of some regions due to large distance between the capital cities leading to less developmental projects in cities far from the capital cities.
Hence Monday December 07 elections in Ghana was conducted among sixteen regions including, the Western North, Western, Bono, Bono East, Ahafo, Oti, North East, Savanna Regions carved out of the then Western, Brong Ahafo, Northern and Volta Regions of Ghana.
A total of 275 constituencies represented in parliament, there were 33,000 polling stations where more than 17 million registered voters were expected to cast their votes around the sixteen regions in Ghana to elect a president from 12 presidential candidates including the two main political party’s contestants, incumbent NPP’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and opposition NDC’s John Dramani Mahama.
Also, representatives of the 275 constituencies in parliament to be elected by electorates from a total of 918 contestants among the 16 regions.
Although after 48 hours of painstaking vote counting without the official declarations of the results by the electoral commission of Ghana, provisional result projections endorsed by the electoral commission of Ghana according to reports, shows that the NPP or the ruling party is in a comfortable position to rule on a second term with a little over 50 percent against NDC John Dramani’s about 48 percent from 14 regions, out of 16 regions.
So far, the numbers from the strong holds of the party rivals gives quite close gaps unlike the elections in the past years. The swing regions which are the central and western regions shows narrow margin between the leading party NPP and opposition party, NDC.
Reports trooping in have also revealed that the NDC parliamentary candidates are likely to obtain more than half of the seats in parliaments making the elections “skirt and blouse” if NPP’s Akufo Addo should be officially declared as president of the 5th Republic.
Party officials and Ghanaians at this point are waiting patiently for the final verdict from the EC. Stay tuned for more updates.