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#GhanaDecides who its Next President will be in Hotly Contested Election

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A woman casting her vote. Credit: Instagram - @abangmercy

A woman casting her vote. Credit: Instagram – @abangmercy

Ghanaians started lining up at voting stations on Wednesday to elect a president and parliament, in polls dominated by a three-year economic downturn that led to heavy job losses and price hikes.

President John Mahama is running for a second four-year term in the West African nation rich in gold, cocoa, diamonds, aluminium, bauxite and recently discovered oil.

Mahama is competing with six other candidates for the presidency, but his fiercest rival is Nana Akufo-Addo, the leader of the largest opposition, New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Report says the incumbent president remains popular in the nation of 26 million people, which was the first sub-Saharan country to gain independence in colonial Africa, in 1957.

The 58-year-old made major progress in improving Ghana’s infrastructure by building schools, health facilities and roads.

However, many voters held Mahama and the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) responsible for a debilitating three-year energy crisis that led to a 10 per cent drop in economic growth between 2011 and 2015.

They also held him responsible for sharp rise in electricity, water and petrol prices.

Akufo-Addo, 72, promises to use Ghana’s new-found oil to create jobs and push industrialisation in all economic sectors, including agriculture.

Over 15 million Ghanaians are eligible to cast their vote at one of the 29,000 polling stations until 1700 GMT on Wednesday.

They will also elect 275 parliamentarians for the next four years.

If no presidential candidate gains 51 per cent or more of the vote, the election will go into a second round.

Results are expected within 72 hours after voting ends.

8 Comments

  1. Eaglebabe

    December 7, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Over 15 million Ghanaians are eligible to cast their vote at one of the 29,000 polling stations until 1700 GMT on Tuesday…. Please correct it, it’s Wednesday (today)

  2. Ammagh

    December 7, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    At the end of the day, Ghana remains victorious.
    Nyame tease.

  3. Papermoon

    December 7, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    The winner doesn’t need 51%. They need 50% + 1 vote to win. God bless our homeland Ghana!!!!

  4. Honestina

    December 7, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    The turn out is high at my polling station and everyone is eager to wait no matter how long the queue is .
    #BallotNotBullet

  5. Sandra

    December 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Nana Beba,

    Nana Akuffo Addo, the best man.

    and we kick the NDC ( National Demonic Congress) party out once and for all. .
    Today will be a new independence day for all ghanaians.

    God bless my homeland Ghana

  6. Charlene

    December 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Nigerians, you think you’re suffering?
    GHANA IS EVEN WORSE!!
    -Students of University of Ghana now pay utility bills
    -Electricity tariffs keep increasing, but we have no light
    -The National Health Insurance Scheme Kuffour brought has collapsed. People cannot afford healthcare now.
    -Taxes keep increasing
    Nurses have not been paid
    -Mahama borrowed $10 billion to build “Hope City” in 2012. At that time, the energy crisis had just started. Instead of him to use the money to provide electricity, he used the money ostensibly for “Hope City.” Its been 4 years and there’s no “Hope City.”
    -The government has put a ban on government employment. Meanwhile, private sectors are failing so badly they can’t afford to hire anyone. So many graduates are at home.
    And he fixes a couple of roads, builds a couple of bridges conveniently months before the elections and he thinks we will retain him? He thinks we are fools?
    I voted for Mahama in 2012 because of the good work his predecessor Atta-Mills did.
    It was the biggest mistake I ever made!
    Akuffo-Addo All The Way!
    #addodanquah2016
    #nanaaddo2016
    #change2016
    #wearetired

    • Abena

      December 7, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Agree with all the above.

      Mahama’s government has also been synonymous with corruption scandal after scandal.
      All the infrastructure he claims to have undertaken is price inflated, ie cost 10 x as much as it should.
      The government debt is over 75 percent of GDP. In this last quarter where he has commissioned every borehole, bought gari and donated basins to people to buy their votes, expect the public debt to hit 90 percent by March 2017.
      Enough of Mahama! We need change.

  7. Aj

    December 9, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Change is here H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Adoo aka Nana 1 no size

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