Political Parties and Manifesto Preparation for Election 2020: State of Readiness

There are 24 political parties registered on the books of the Electoral Commission (EC). Only six consistently contest Presidential Elections-New Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Congress (NDC), Convention People Party (CPP), People National Convention (PNC), Progressive People’s Party and the National Democratic Party (NDP). The two major parties, NPP and NDC repeatedly gather 98.5 percent of the total votes cast in the presidential elections and field candidates for parliamentary elections in all the 275 constituencies. The rest put up candidates in anything from ten (10) constituencies to a little over hundred (100).

The 2020 elections promises to be interesting in the number of independent candidates interested in the presidency. If intentions are carried out into action, not less than four independents will join the presidential race.1 The election of December, 2020 will otherwise show the same level and pattern of participation as in three previous ones – same parties and more or less same number of parliamentary candidates.

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