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Election 2020: You should read this before casting your vote

After the electoral commission headed by Madam Jean Mensah axed 5 Presidential candidates out of the 2020 Presidential race, these are the candidates that have successfully qualified for running in the much anticipated elections. It is thus, essential to know the profiles of all 12 candidates.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo: He is the current President of Ghana as well as the current chairman of the ECOWAS. He has been in office since 2017. Before securing the position as President, Akufo-Addo served as an Attorney General in 2003 and as Minister for foreign affairs from 2003 to 2007 under the Kufour-led administration. In his tenure as President, he implemented policies like the Free SHS policy and the One district One factory which he believes would serve as a track record for the people of Ghana to give him a second term.

John Dramani Mahama: He is currently the only former President to contest in the 2020 elections. According to him, the Akufo-Addo led administration has failed Ghanaians and it is incumbent on him to undo these costly mistakes. John Mahama previously served as Vice President from January 2009 to July 2012 under the Mills-led administration. He took over the Presidential seat when J.E.A Mills died while in office. He was elected as President in the 2012 election. John Dramani Mahama (JM) clearly has a rich experience in terms of Ghana’s governance. He believes that the confidence the electorates once lost in him has been regained as the sitting government continues to perform poorly in its term.

Christian Kwabena Andrews: The head Pastor of Life Assembly Worship Centre who recently became an active politician has concluded that the two large parties in Ghana have nothing to offer to Ghanaians. According to him, the people of Ghana are ready for change as the status quo appears ineffective. The pastor-now-politician formed the Ghana Union Movement(GUM) in March 2019. He’s of a firm conviction that Ghanaians will turn out massively in their numbers and vote for him as they are no longer interested in the NPP/NDC policies. He believes that “the Spirit of Nkrumah is back” and it clearly resides in his party. He predicts a win for GUM with a clear win of 65 percent.

Ivor Kobina Greenstreet: Running on the ticket of the Convention People’s Party for a second time is Ivor Kobina Greenstreet. He played active roles in the CPP before emerging as a flagbearer. In 2004, he contested on the Party’s ticket as a parliamentary candidate in the Ayawaso-Wuogon constituency which he lost to Frema Osei-Pare of the NPP. Members of the CPP are optimistic as they prepare for the upcoming for they believe that aside the electorates losing confidence in the two dominating parties (NPP and NDC), Ivor Greenstreet is a unique leader who would attract a lot of votes from the masses in the December 7th polls.

Akua Donkor: One cannot help but agree to the fact that Madam Donkor is an embodiment of tenacity. After being barred from contesting the 2016 elections by the Electoral Commission, Madam Donkor rises against all odds to contest after four years. She sees her lack of proper education as no limit towards the achievement of her political goals. Running on the ticket of the Ghana Freedom Party, she believes that Free education from the Primary to the secondary level can easily be attained once she’s elected as President. She also believes that the oil production sector when given a boost in her administration would be able to produce quality forms of oil and there would be no need to import as we are currently doing.

Henry Herbert Lartey: Securing the sixth position on the 2020 ballot sheet is Ghanaian accountant cum politician, Henry Lartey. He’s committed to the liberation of Africans as well as their economic improvement. Henry Lartey represented the Great Consolidated Popular Party in 2012 and hopes not to only represent the party in this year’s elections but also widen the gap-farther than 2012’s so as to win the Presidential seat.

Hassan Ayariga: Coming from a politically dominated family, many do not find it surprising to see Hassan Ayariga contesting in elections. His father, Frank Abdulai Ayariga, was a member of Parliament for the Bawku constituency during the Limann-led administration. Hassan Ayariga believes that Ghana will receive a massive form of development in his administration when he’s voted as President of Ghana.

Percival Kofi Akpaloo: The Liberal Party of Ghana(LPG) climbs as the eighth party to be represented on the 2020 ballot sheet. The flagbearer of the party, Kofi Akpaloo assures Ghanaians to rally behind his ideas as the other alternatives have nothing to offer. The LPG promises to transform the economy of Ghanaians through human resources. According to the party, the resources at Ghana’s disposal are limited. However, when these resources are used judiciously, they believe Ghana would attain higher heights. The LPG, under the leadership of flagbearer, Kofi Akpaloo and running mate, Margaret Sarfo declared their optimism ahead of the December elections irrespective of how competitive it appeared.

David Apasera: After serving the People’s National Convention for quite a time, David Apasera emerges as the presidential candidate of the PNC. He believes a task has been down on him as a Presidential candidate which is to rejuvenate it as well as lead it into winning the Presidential race

Brigitte Dzogbenuku: Former Miss Ghana Queen secures an enviable position as being one of the three women contesting the 2020 elections. Running as a Presidential candidate in this year’s elections, Brigitte Dzogbenuku has promised the electorates to prioritize the building of quality roads in her tenure of office to reduce the rate at which lives are being endangered. She also promises to invest in education as well. According to her, the policies formulated by the PPP are geared towards ensuring unity and progress amongst the Ghanaian populace.

Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings: The National Democratic Party has been in existence for eight years after splitting from the National Democratic Congress. The Party, under the leadership of Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings, wife of Former President and NDC founder Jerry John Rawlings is running the Presidential race the second time after its inception. The Party which clearly has the matters of women and children at heart has been applauded for formulating policies such as extending maternal leave in its 2020 manifesto.

Alfred Walker: The independent candidate running for the first time as President assures Ghanaians of stability in governance. Alfred Walker after being disqualified from the 2016 elections has promised Ghanaians of cutting down the size of Parliament with a maximum number of 25 Ministers. He goes on further to promise Ghanaians of dedicating his first salary to charity once he’s elected as President of Ghana. All these interventions according to the independent candidate are being put in place to reduce government’s expenditure.

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