Ghana to elect president in ‘battle of two giants’

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West African gold producer Ghana is preparing to elect a on Dec. 7, a race dubbed the “battle giants.”

Incumbent Nana Addo Akufo-Addo the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) will face former John Dramani Mahama, leader the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

It is the third Akufo-Addo and Mahama will compete against each other for the highest office, with each previously having won one poll – Akufo-Addo 2016 and Mahama 2012.

Although 12 candidates are vying for the presidency, including , only Akufo-Addo and Mahama are said to have a chance coming out victorious.

The campaign has been dominated by Ghana’s economy, infrastructure , education, corruption, and debt relief.

Akufo-Addo, 76, has been touting economic growth during his current four-year term office as well as the streamlining of government services and implementation of free schooling for senior high school pupils.

Mahama, 62, has meanwhile stressed the many infrastructure projects, including , bridges, schools and hospitals, he realised during his presidency, promising do invest in this area if re-elected.

Political analysts of the University of Ghana in the capital, Accra, predict a slim win for Akufo-Addo in the December elections.

Polls have indicated voters prefer Akufo-Addo’s -driven approach to running the nation of 30 people, the university’s head of the political science department, Kaakyire Frempong, told dpa.

A candidate needs to gain at least 50 per cent of votes to be elected in the first round.

Ghana’s roughly 17 registered voters will also elect 275 legislators from 914 candidates on Dec. 7.

Akufo-Addo’s NPP is expected to once again gain the majority of seats in parliament.

Voting will place at 33,000 polling stations between 7 am and 5 pm (0700 and 1700 GMT).

The commission will announce within 72 hours after the .

The Nation