Accra, Dec. 1, GNA – Election 2016 Special Voting began at 0700 hours on Thursday with progressive queues at the 284 designated polling stations for the polls.
It is the seventh successive multi-party elections under Ghana’s Fourth Democratic Republican dispensation.
Some 127, 000 registered voters who are expected to perform electoral duties on December 7 are expected to cast their ballots during the 10-hour period across the country to elect a new president and 275 parliamentarians.
Polling continues until 1700 hours, unless they are extended because of technical reasons. Seven presidential candidates are contesting for the highest office in the land.
They are President John Dramani Mahama of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC); Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, of the New Patriotic Party (NPP); Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, Convention People’s Party (CPP); and Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, National Democratic Party (NDP).
Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, Progressive People’s Party (PPP); Dr Edward N. Mahama, People’s National Convention (PNC); and Mr Jacob Osei Yeboah, an independent presidential candidate.
The candidate who wins 50 per cent plus one of the votes wins the presidential contest and would rule for four years.
In the event of no candidate winning that ‘magic number’ in the first round, there would be a run-off between the top-two candidates in two weeks.
Party agents and both local and foreign observers are also monitoring events at the various polling stations, while security officials keep guard to forestall any disruption or disturbances.