An election is a vital characteristic of any democracy and a blueprint for democracies to thrive. It is built on two elements, participation, and competition. Ghana is set to host another round of general elections in December 2020. This will count as the eighth consecutive national poll held since the transition to the current constitutional democratic regime in 1992, which has resulted in three peaceful transfers of power between the two major political parties NPP & NDC, in 2000, 2008, & 2016. In the past, Ghana’s elections have been peaceful and violent-free, compared to its other African counterparts. International observers commend the democratic system with nearly zero forms of aftermath confrontations or electoral violence.
This document provides a background on the upcoming elections, reviewing past and new information to give an overview of the electoral candidates and the voters. As Ghanaians prepare for the next presidential election set to hold on December 7, 2020. 12 presidential candidates are running for the post. However, the two most prominent candidates are incumbent President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party and Former President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress. Here, BudgIT represents the data in interactive visualizations to aid citizen’s understanding and participation in governance. The analysis will cover the Presidential candidates’ background, voter’s background, and voter turnout per region.