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Date:06 Dec 2016
Ghana Elections 2016 in Facts and Figures

Ghanaians go into a historic elections tomorrow, 7th December 2016. The 7th consecutive elections since 1992, a successful conduct of the 2016 polls would cement Ghana’s credentials in the annals of history as the most stable democracy in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Ghana will go to the polls to elect a new president and 275 parliamentarians in what has been widely described as one of the most fiercely contested elections since 1992. The Ghanaian electoral system elects a president using the two-round system with the 275 members of Parliament elected in single-member constituencies using first-past-the-post voting.

 With elections held every four years since 1992, a candidate who amasses more than 50% of valid votes cast is declared President whilst the parliamentary elections is won by simple majority.  Presidential and parliamentary elections are, however, held alongside each other on 7 December of every election year.

 Ahead of the elections, the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana has improved its electoral systems based on inputs from key stakeholders, among them, to reduce the phenomenon of rejected ballots that have plagued Ghana’s Elections. Hopefully, the measures put in place by the EC and other measures such as strengthening the National Elections’ Security Task Force would reduce the tensions that have unfortunately characterized elections in Ghana.

 Below are some facts and figures about the 18th February, 2016 general elections:

Last Presidential Elections Date: 7th December, 2012

Current President: John Dramani Mahama

Electoral Management Body: The Electoral Commission (EC): ec.gov.gh


  • 251,720 Rejected Ballots in 2102
  • 325, 863 (2.96%) - Deciding votes for Ghana elections 2012
  • GH¢1.2billion is the cost of organizing Ghana 2012 elections.
  • EC has so far deployed 148,000 election officials
  • 64,000 security personnel have been deployed
  • 70,709 Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs),
  • 400 foreign observers 
  • 12,000 local observers.
  • 15,712,499 registered voters 
  • 28,992 Polling Stations across all the
  • All the 28,992 are polling stations are expected to open from 7:00am and close at 5:00pm or after the last voter in the queue at 5:00pm votes.
  • 8 Presidential candidates including 1 female have successfully filed to contest to become the next President of the Republic of Ghana.
  • 1 female Presidential Candidate
  • 1 Independent Presidential Candidate
  • 1 female vice presidential candidate (Progressive People’s Party)
  • 275 Constituencies with 275 seats are up for grabs in Ghana’s parliament
  • A total of 1,158 Parliamentary candidates
  • 136 Females contesting parliamentary seats
  • Greater Accra and Ashanti have the highest representation of female candidates with 28 each
  • Volta is represented by only 9 females and the Northern Region having less than 5
  • Ablekuma West, Asokwa and Weija-Gbawe constituencies have 3 female aspirants each. This is the highest number on female candidates in one constituency.
  • Mampong, Wa Central, Jomoro and Manso Nkwanta Constituencies has 7 each candidates battling for the seat. 7 is the highest number representing in any constituency.
  • The Ashanti Region has the highest number of constituencies with 47 seats.
  • The Upper West Region has only 11, making it the region with the least number of constituencies
  • The Ashanti region has the most candidates numbering up to about 206
  • Upper West having the least number of 52.
  • 4 swing regions. These are Western, Greater Accra, Central and Brong Ahafo Regions
  • Not all the regions have voted for the same political party since the 1992. The Greater Accra, Brong Ahafo, Central and Western Regions can be said to be the swing regions in Ghana’s elections.
  • At the constituency level, Agona East, Odododiodio, Bunkpurugu, Wassa East, Bawku Central, Yendi, Wulensi, Wa East, Asunafo South. Asuogyaman, Asutifi South, Komenda/Edina Eguafo / Abirem, Evalue Ajomoro Gwira as some of the constituencies with swing seats.
  • NDC has 4 stronghold in these regions: Volta, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.
  • NPP has 2 stronghold in regions such as Ashanti and Eastern Regions.
  • 50% + 1 vote is what is required for a Presidential candidate to be declared a winner.
  •  4 Political Parties with seats in the fourth republican parliament
  1. a) National Democratic Congress (NDC)
  2. b) New Patriotic Party (NPP)
  3. c) Convention People’s Party (CPP)
  4. d) People’s National Convention (PNC)

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