Dec, 7th 2020 – Ghanaians are today casting ballots to elect their president and 275 members of parliament. About 17 million citizens are eligible to vote in the exercise that is set to close at 5PM today. The country is today hosting its 8th election since the return of a multiparty in 1992.
Covid-19 protocols are being followed to the latter with those without masks barred from voting as well as encouraging those who have voted to return home. Ghana is considered the most democratic state in the West of Africa.
The candidates seeking presidency are 12 in total but the election is seen as a two way contest between incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriot Party and former president John Mahama, leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress party.
among the candidates are three women challenging Akufo-Addo but the focus is on Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, a former education minister who is running as Mahama’s vice presidential running mate. She is the first woman on the ticket of a major Ghanian political party.
Both candidates have promised to revive the region’s second largest economy and its cocoa exporting sector, which has been largely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. According to John Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Center, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Ghana is 52,274 with 325 deaths.
The Electoral Commission said that Covid-19 ambassadors will be located at all the 311 voting centers to make sure voters follow protocols including getting temperature checks, wearing masks and sanitizing their hands.
The Electoral Commission of Ghana said, “We urge all citizens to abide by the law and conduct themselves in a manner that ensures peace reigns during and after the 2020 General Election. Be an agent of peace while exercising your civic responsibility.”
The winner must secure more than 50 percent of the votes to avoid a runoff. The final results will be announced on the 10th of December 2020.