Ghanaian general election, 2016
Presidential election results map. Green denotes provinces won by Mahama, and Blue denotes those won by Akufo-Addo.
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General elections were held in Ghana on 7 December 2016 to elect a President and Members of Parliament. They had originally been scheduled for 7 November 2016, but the date was later rejected by Parliament. Former foreign minister Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party was elected President on his third attempt, defeating incumbent President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress.
The election results were announced on 9 December 2016 due to a delay of voting in two areas. At 19:51 local time, Mahama called Akufo-Addo to concede defeat. At 20:45, the Electoral Commission declared that Akufo-Addo had defeated Mahama in a single round, the first time that a sitting president of Ghana had failed to win a second term.
Eligible voters must be Ghanaian citizens who are at least 18 years old, although those declared insane are disenfranchised. Parliamentary candidates must be Ghanaian citizens at least 21 years old, and either be resident in their constituency or have lived there for at least five of the ten years prior to the election.
Over 16 people filed with the election commission to run for president. However, 13 presidential candidates were disqualified due to incorrect filing procedures. The disqualified candidates included former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, the president of the National Democratic Party. There was some controversy due to allegations that the candidates were disqualified for political reasons. The Electoral Commission denied all accusations. After the disqualification, only four presidential candidates remained. However, the presidential candidate of the Progressive People's Party (PPP) Paa Kwesi Nduom took the EC to court over his disqualification. The court finally ruled in his favour, allowing him to join the race. Two other candidates who were disqualified also followed suit, leading to there being seven candidates.
A total of 1,144 candidates contested the 275 seats in Parliament. The NDC and NPP both ran full slates of 275 candidates, whilst the CPP (222 candidates) and PPP (163) were the only two other parties to run in over half the seats. The PNC nominated 64 candidates, the NDP 33, the APC 20, the GCPP 10, the UFP six and the DPP and UPP both had only one candidate. The other 74 candidates were independents.
|Poll source||Date||Sample size||Undecided||Mahama
|Restart International||5 December 2016||2,000||54.7%||43.7%|
|Ben Ephson||28 November 2016||N/A||52.4%||45.9%||1.7%||2% margin of error|
|Ben Ephson||October 2016||N/A||50.8%||47.5%||1.7%||2% margin of error|
|Goodman AMC||August 2016||2,184||N/A||48%||45%||7%||0%||2.1% margin of error|
|Goodman AMC||June 2016||1,644||N/A||44%||49%||6%||1%||2.3% margin of error|
|Goodman AMC||April 2016||1,216||N/A||32%||65%||3%||0%|
|Nana Akufo-Addo||New Patriotic Party||5,716,026||53.85|
|John Dramani Mahama||National Democratic Congress||4,713,277||44.40|
|Paa Kwesi Nduom||Progressive People's Party||105,682||1.00|
|Ivor Greenstreet||Convention People's Party||25,395||0.24|
|Edward Mahama||People's National Convention||22,214||0.21|
|Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings||National Democratic Party||16,878||0.16|
|Jacob Osei Yeboah||Independent||15,889||0.15|
|Source: Electoral Commission Ghana|
|John Dramani Mahama|
|Source: Peace FM|
|New Patriotic Party||5,663,786||52.50||171||+48|
|National Democratic Congress||4,567,429||42.34||104||–44|
|Progressive People's Party||187,078||1.73||0|
|Convention People's Party||72,677||0.67||0||–1|
|People's National Convention||42,405||0.39||0||–1|
|National Democratic Party||10,067||0.09||0|
|All People's Congress||2,352||0.02||0|
|United Front Party||896||0.01||0|
|Democratic People's Party||867||0.01||0|
|Great Consolidated Popular Party||831||0.01||0|
|United Progressive Party||430||0.00||0|
|Source: Peace FM|
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