Today is December 7, 2016, the day for Ghana’s crucial presidential and parliamentary elections.
The wait is over and barely in an an hour’s time, voting is expected to start in the 28992 polling stations across the ten regions of Ghana.
The 15712499 registered voters have from 7:00am to 5:00pm today to select a president for the nation and a parliamentarian for their constituency.
The presidential candidates, Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Conveniton People’s Party (CPP), Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP), incumbent John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Edward Mahama of the ₩eople’s National Convention (PNC) and independent candidate, Jacob Osei Yeboah have all vowed to win.
But looking at the political history of Ghana, especially since the Fourth Republic started and the campaign activities of the seven candidates, it may not be wrong to reduce the battle to a two horse race between the ruling NDC and the biggest opposition party, NPP.
Of the ten regions in the country six have six are strongholds of the two parties with the Greater Accra, Central, Brong Ahafo and Western Regions changing their preferences from time to time.
While the NPP have the Ashanti and Eastern Region firmly in their grasp, the NDC have always won the three Northern regions, Upper East, Upper West and Northern, as well as the Volta Region which they call their world bank.
During their respective campaigns, both parties claimed to have made major inroads into their opponent’s strongholds.
The NDC expects to win 13 parliamentary seats in the Ashanti Region in addition to 1.5 million votes for its presidential candidate. By this, they project Mr Mahama will win a landslide.
The NPP on the other hand say they will win five seats, at least, in the Volta Region. This will be some feat considering the fact that the party has won only one seat in the region in the 24 years that Ghana returned to democratic rule.
Whether these projections were based thorough research or mere campaign talk, the day of reckoning is finally here and Ghanaians will definitely choose a president.