At least seventeen million Ghanaians are from today (7 December) going to the polls to elect a new president and parliamentarians to steer the affairs of the country for the next four years.
Eleven parties namely the New Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Congress( NDC), Convention People’s Party (CPP), Peoples National Convention,( PNC), Progressive Peoples Party(PPP), National Democratic Party, (NDP), Ghana Union Movement, (GUM), Ghana Freedom Party, (GFP), All peoples Convention (APC ), Great Consolidated Peoples Party(GCPP), Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), including an Independent Candidate Asiedu Walker are contesting the elections.
However, the race will be keenly fought between incumbent President Akufo-Addo and his main contender, John Mahama of the opposition National Democratic Congress.
This is the third time the two will be contesting for the Presidency after a similar contest in 2012, 2016 and 2020.
In 2002, the current Flagbearer of the NDC John Mahama won the election in a keenly contested race.
The NPP however contested the election at the Supreme Court but, lost the tussle.
In 2016, however the incumbent President Akufo Addo snatched power from NDC’s John Mahama after winning with over a million votes to become president.
Monday’s election will be contested keenly based on the track record of the current NPP government and the four-year term in office of candidate Mahama from 2012 to 2016.
The two main contenders on Friday signed a peace pact for the third time to accept the outcome of the results.
Ahead of the election all the parties including the NDC and NPP have called on their supporters to turn out and vote in their numbers.
Jean Mensah, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission had earlier assured the Commission is adequately prepared to execute a successful elections.
The Electoral body, the Electoral Commission on Sunday announced it has dispatched all electoral materials and dispatch personnel for Monday’s exercise.
“To date our officers have been recruited and trained and we stand in readiness to deliver a smooth and seamless and peaceful and orderly process, all materials necessary have been distributed in sufficient quantities and these include Covid materials,” she said.
Jean Mensah added “stringent Covid 19 protocols will be put in place and observed, the biometric verification has been prepared and deployed devices as a commission we expect a mere hundred 100 percentage turn out, and we are confident that the outcome will be peaceful, credible orderly, seamless and transparent with God being our helper.”
The EC chairperson further reiterated that adequate measures has been put in place to ensure the results of the election are declared on time to avoid unnecessary tension.
Meanwhile James Oppong- Boanuh, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has assured the security agencies are prepared to protect and safeguard peace with barely four days to the December 7 presidential and Parliamentary elections.
He said his outfit has deployed some 62,794 security personnel to safeguard peace in the upcoming Decemeber 7 presidential and Parliamentary elections.
The personnel have been drawn from the Ghana Police Service, Fire Service, Ghana Immigration Service, the Ghana Prisons Service, customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Ghana Armed Forces will be deployed for the exercise.
According to him a special armlet will be worn by security personnel during election for the purpose of easy identification.
By Fred Dzakpata