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2016 elections to be held on November 7

"The 2016 elections will be held on November 7, a source within the electoral body has hinted StarrFMonline.com."

Source: GHR1/starrfmonline

Posted on : Mon 19 Oct 2015

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The 2016 elections will be held on November 7, a source within the electoral body has hinted StarrFMonline.com.

In furtherance of the move, the commission is getting ready to present a constitutional instrument (CI) to parliament to actualize it.

The move is intended to make enough room for a run-off should there be a stalemate after an initial round of voting.

There have been two presidential run-offs in Ghana’s recent history. In 2002, the then candidate Atta Mills of the NDC went into a tie with the then candidate John Kufuor of the NPP. The same fate repeated itself in 2008 among the same candidates.

History

Ghana’s first Presidential and Parliamentary elections in 1992 were held on separate days in November and December respectively.

Following a boycott of the December 1992 Parliamentary elections by the main opposition party, the New Patriotic Party, under allegations of malpractices in the presidential, there was a decision to hold both elections on the same day so as to be able to prevent a similar boycott in the future.

The move was also to help cut down cost.

The 1996 Presidential and Parliamentary elections and all similar subsequent elections have been held on December 7, but there have been arguments that the process does not make ample room for the organization of a run-off and the subsequent handover on January 7.

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