Elections in Ghana

While we’re stuck in our respective countries and some of us cannot visit Ghana, we can only look on a wish we took that flight before lockdown. If you have good WiFi and you’re able to work from home, the hours are near enough the same right?

 

Well, the answer to that is no. Good WiFi at home can be quite expensive in Ghana. Therefore the elections are important so Ghana can vote in someone who we believe can bring things in like cheap good WiFi everywhere, better roads and improve schools. This is the hot topic in Ghana right now. I will provide a fool’s guide to understanding the elections in Ghana.

 
There are 2 main parties, NDC and NPP. Traditionally, the people have voted for people who are part of their ethnic group or cater towards their ethnic group, but now both parties have diverse membership.
Elections in Ghana
Nana akuffo addo

NPP (New Patriotic Party)

This party is supposedly centre right and is viewed as the continuation on the United Gold Coast Convention started by the popular Paa Grant, that eventually ended up bringing independence to Ghana. Kwame Nkrumah left the UGCC to start the left wing CPPNana Akuffo-Addo’s father was a huge part of UGCC. Notable politicians in this party are John KufourAliu Mahama and Kwame Pianim.

Their presidential candidate: Nana Akuffo-Addo

 

Pros

– Free secondary school for all Ghanaians.

– Year of the return, which bought in an estimated $1.9 billion to Ghana’s economy.

 

Cons

– He is 76 years of age.

– He comes from a political dynasty. Perceived by some as more of the same old.

NDC (National Democratic Congress)

Founded by Jerry John Rawlings, they are supposedly Centre-left. Rawlings became president of Ghana being the final coup d’état, in a string of coups to return Ghana to democracy. Notable politicians in this party are John Atta MillsTsatsu Tsikata and Ekwow Spio-Garbrah.

Their presidential candidate: John Mahama

Pros

– Kept Ebola out of Ghana as President.

– His running mate, Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang would be the first female Vice President of Ghana should he win.

 

Cons

– Known as Mr Dumsor (light off) for excessive power cuts when he was head of state.

– Some deals with foreign countries have been viewed as questionable.

John Mahama

Obviously there is a lot more to it, but I hope this provides you with a good start to understanding the landscape of Ghana.

With the pandemic in full effect, the aftermath will bring about a different world with a whole new balance. Whoever Ghana selects on December 7th 2020 as the next president, he will manage that new world, and where Ghana fits in. We hope it includes good WiFi!

Written by James Mercer

 

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