2020 polls: Why all Africans must be concerned about the Ghanaian election

Ghana will be going to the polls in a couple of days and we deem it appropriate to give their election the needed attention because of the impact it will have on the continent. 

Within the limits of sovereignty, one may argue that, each country’s electoral decisions should be left solely for the nationals to handle; however, the choice of leadership in certain countries on the African continent must be taken very seriously by all well-meaning Africans because of how deep such decisions affect the continent.

Over the years, Ghana has produced leaders who do not only end up occupying key positions at the continental level but also drives major decisions and policies that affect the continent. 

The country’s Former President John Agyekum Kufuor served two consecutive terms as the Chairman for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from 2003–2005; he was also elected chairman of the African Union. Another former President and current flag bearer, John Dramani Mahama was also a chairman for the ECOWAS during his tenure. The current ECOWAS chair, Nana Akufo-Addo is also a Ghanaian President.

These leaders equally held certain crucial positions across the continent; looking at the historical relationship between Ghana and the top African organizations, it is highly imperative that, their choice of leadership should be of great concern to all Africans because, the effects of a bad/good leader will trickle down to inform the regional policy space and continental development.

Ghana will be voting on the 7th of December this year; the presidency is closely contested by the incumbent, Nana Akufo-Addo and immediate former president John Dramani Mahama who is making a return to seek for his second term as mandated by the constitution; this is the first time in the history of Ghana where a past president is contesting against the incumbent.

Even though Ghana practices multi-party democracy, the country is sharply divided along the two major political parties; the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP). 

According to the historical facts of Ghanaian elections since the inception of democratic rule, each ruling government by tradition serves two consecutive terms (thus, 8years) before losing to the opposition party. The current administration has served its first term but there is uncertainty on whether a second term is guaranteed; both candidates stand good chances of winning.

Who do you tip to win the Ghanaian election come December and
how do you think such win will affect the continent?

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