Ghana’s seventh consecutive Presidential and Parliamentary Elections has ended. The electorates today vote to choose a President and 275 Parliamentarians after a gruelling electioneering campaign as the country continues to build on its democratic credentials. According to the Electoral Commission (EC), presiding officers were to allow voters in the queue before 5pm to cast their ballot. Counting of Ballot is expected to start immediately and results declared at each polling station.
Results from polling stations within a constituency will be collated at a Constituency Collation Centre, where afterwards the Returning Officer for the Constituency will declare the winner of the Parliamentary Polls.Results of the Presidential polls are forwarded to Accra, the EC headquarters for collation and final certified results declared by the EC Chairperson who is the Returning Officer for the Presidential Polls.
Seven Presidential Candidates representing six Political Parties and an Independent Candidate are contesting the Presidential Elections: President John Dramani Mahama of the NDC, who is seeking a second term, is being challenged by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the NPP, Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the CPP, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the PPP; Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings of the NDP, Dr Edward Mahama of the PNC and Mr Jacob Osei Yeboah the Independent Candidate.
An estimated 15,712,499 registered voters were expected to cast their votes in about 28,992 polling stations across the country.