Ghana braces for testy presidential polls

 

By Tasie Thodore

 

The people of Ghana are bracing for testy presidential polls that are currently scheduled to hold on December 7 and whose outcome very clearly would be most decisive.

 

The polls, which would also feature voting at the legislative tier, are being seen by analysts as a straight fight between the candidates of the two main parties in the country, incumbent President Nana Akufo Addo and his predecessor, John Mahama.

 

While Akufo Addo is flying the flag of the ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP, Mahama is the candidate of the opposition NDC.

 

Going by the tenor of campaigns at the moment, education. industry and health policies seem to be three areas where Akufo Addo and Mahama seem to be slugging it out in the public arena. A previous area of contest, electricity, which was a stormy point during the 2016 polls has almost been taken out of the campaign roll given the relatively marked improvements that have been recorded in the sector since the days of ‘dumsor.’

 

Should the contest turn out to be successful overall, it would be a further boost in the story of democratic consolidation in Ghana and West Africa.

 

 

Former President, John Mahama

 

 

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