Final Observation Report on Ghana’s 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections

Ghana went to the polls on December 7, 2016 for the seventh consecutive time since returning to democratic rule in 1992. A President and Two-Hundred and Seventy-Five (275) Members of Parliament were to be elected in the election. Like previous elections in the country, the 2016 elections were set to be highly competitive. The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and their candidates were the front-runners in both the presidential and the parliamentary races. The incumbent President, Mr. John Mahama, led the camp of the ruling party as their presidential candidate while Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo led the opposition NPP as their flag-bearer for the third consecutive time, after two unsuccessful attempts in 2008 and 2012.

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