Ghanaians go to the polls this coming Sunday to elect
a president. The leading contenders are Nana Akufo-Addo of the ruling
New Patriotic Party; John Atta Mills of the main opposition, the National
Democratic Congress; and Paa Kwesi Nduom of the Convention People’s Party.
VOA English to Africa reporter Peter Clottey is in Ghana to cover the elections. From Cape Coast in central Ghana, he told English to Africa reporter Douglas Mpuga that in Cape Coast there is great enthusiasm especially at the campus of the University of Cape Coast, where people were discussing the upcoming election.
Clottey said people are discussing issues ranging from “ improving quality of education, human rights, infrastructure development and promises of the presidential candidates.”
“[As soon as] I arrived in Accra, I saw and heard people discussing these issues very passionately,” he said. “There wasn’t any violence involved, just discussions about which party was going to win the Sunday elections.”
Clottey said the campaign seems to be based on issues rather than personalities. “Absolutely, this time around it seems to be that people are more issue oriented rather than personal attacks that have usually categorized Africa’s politics.”
He said Ghana has had its fair share of the old politics, but this year, with the two leading parties both having served in government before, there is concern for the country’s development.
Clottey noted that there are a lot of political advertisements on radio and television. But he pointed out that the smaller parties are using music blaring from moving vehicles to put their message across.
“The contest is very close, the ruling party presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, served under the current president as the attorney general and later as foreign minister. He is being challenged by the former vice president, John Atta Mills. of the main opposition….”
Clottey said an independent Ghanaian poll has shown a tie but each party is claiming the advantage over the other.