Ghana Elections 2016 – Long queues, stuffy atmosphere… Ghanaians are making their presidential choice today.
Of all the 7 candidates, President John Mahama and veteran opposition leader Nana Akufo Addo have the most focus.
If Addoh defeats Mahama, it would be his victory after running and failing in 2 previous elections. It would also mean the first time an incumbent president lost the elections in Ghana since the return of multi-party democracy.
A run-off will be held later in the month if neither of the two main candidates secures more than 50% of the votes.
Another candidate in the presidential race is former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings representing the National Democratic Party (NDP).
Nana Konadu is wife to Ghanaian past president and veteran politician Jerry John Rawlings who took power in the 1979 coup. Already she has made history as the first woman to run for president in Ghana.
Amidst the tension in the country, the election is reportedly going smoothly. However report says that a political rally became violent on Monday, claiming one life.
Prior to the election, all the candidates pledged to keep the process peaceful by sticking to electoral rules.
President Mahama said Ghana’s democracy has “matured” and Ghana elections 2016 will be a proof of it.
“There is a general perception of corruption in all African countries. I think it is a stage of our development. As we continue to strengthen the institutions of state, I think that people will come to see the integrity in these institutions.”
During his campaign he gave his word on behalf of his party that the election will be peaceful.
Veteran Akufo-Addo also hopes for a non-chaotic election.
“It’s very important that this process goes off efficiently and smoothly and peacefully so that Ghana continues to maintain its deserved image of being a democracy that takes democracy seriously”.
Whoever wins? Time will tell.