Ghana’s election: Six things you should know

Ghanaians have been voting for a new president and parliament in a country seen as one of the most democratic in West Africa.

Eleven candidates are in the race to unseat President Nana Akufo-Addo, who is running for his second term.

His main challenger is his predecessor and 2016 opponent, John Dramani Mahama.

Youth unemployment, security concerns and effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy were among the top issues Ghanaians were considering when voting.

Here are six things to know about this election.

1. It’s déjà vu – again

The world has gone through so much uncertainty and surprises this year but Ghana’s presidential race is remarkably familiar.

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, Mr Akufo-Addo, 76, and his longtime rival, Mr Mahama, 62, of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), will slug it out for the presidency for a record third time. The two men first ran against each other in 2012.

In the first contest, Mr Mahama unexpectedly became his party’s candidate after then President John Evans Atta Mills died just five months before the presidential poll.

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