Twenty-three persons have picked up nomination forms to become presidential candidates in the 2016 elections, the Electoral Commission has announced.
Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary elections are coming off on December 7, 2016 – the seventh under the Fourth Republic.
Speaking at the launch of the Guide to Candidates and Agents ahead of the elections, the chairperson of the electoral management body Mrs. Charlotte Osei disclosed the figure is made up of 16 political party presidential aspirants and seven independent aspirants.
She counseled the political parties to study the electoral laws ahead of the elections.
“This guide is to help potential candidates and agents of the candidates to understand the electoral process and outlines the responsibilities they are undertaking as they seek to be elected as president and parliamentarians.
“The guide also highlights the duties and responsibilities of the agents who will represent the candidates at the 29, 000 polling stations in the 275 constituencies’ collation centres in the country,” Mrs Osei pointed out.
The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) have already picked up their presidential forms as incumbent John Mahama gears up to lock horns with rival Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the second time.
Mahama defeated Akufo-Addo in the 2012 elections which had to be legitimized by the Supreme Court of Ghana after eight months of legal tussle.
The Electoral Commission is charging Gh¢50, 000 and Gh¢10,000 for the presidential and parliamentary forms respectively.