Dec. 7, 2016 Held


Republic of Ghana

Election for Ghanaian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:10,781,917
Valid Votes:10,615,361
Invalid Votes:166,248

Vote Share by Candidate:

Nana Addo Dankwa AKUFO-ADDO5,716,026


John Dramani MAHAMA4,713,277


Paa Kwesi NDUOM105,682


Edward Nasigri MAHAMA22,214




Jacob Osei YEBOAH15,889

Election Results Modified: Feb 08, 2017

General Information

Republic of Ghana: President, 7 December 2016

At stake in this election:

  • The office of president of the Republic of Ghana

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President John Dramani MAHAMA (since 24 July 2012)
  • Head of Government: President John Dramani MAHAMA (since 24 July 2012)
  • Assembly: Ghana has a unicameral Parliament composed of 275 seats with members serving 4-year terms.

Description of electoral system:

  • The president is directly elected by absolute majority popular vote in 2 rounds if needed for a 4-year term, with eligibility for a second term.

Last Election:

  • The last presidential election was held on 7 December 2012. John Dramani MAHAMA was elected with 50.70% of the vote, defeating Nana AKUFO-ADDO, who finished with 47.74%, as well as several other candidates.

Main candidates in the election:[1]

  • John Dramani MAHAMA
    • Party: National Democratic Congress (NDC)
  • Nana Dankwa AKUFO-ADDO
    • Party: New Patriotic Party (NPP)
  • Ivor Kobina GREENSTREET
    • Party: Convention People’s Party (CPP)
  • Papa Kwesi NDUOM
    • Party: Progressive People’s Party (PPP)
    • Party: National Democratic Party (NDP)
  • Edward MAHAMA
    • Party: People’s National Congress (PNC)
  • Jacob Osei YEBOAH
    • Party: Independent

Population and number of registered voters:

·         Population: 26,908,262 (July 2016 est.)

·         Registered Voters: 14,031,793 (2012)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 13,636,678 (July 2016 est.)

·         Is Ghana a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Ghana ratified CEDAW: Yes (2 January 1985)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 30 (10.91%)

·         Human Development Index Position: 140 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: High (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Ghana a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Ghana ratified CRPD: Yes (31 July 2012)

·         Population with a disability: 4,036,239 (est.)

[1] There were originally 16 individuals who submitted their candidacy for president, including female candidates, however 12 were disqualified for various reasons. NDUOM, AGYEMAN-RAWLINGS, and MAHAMA were later cleared to contest the election. 

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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