Four months before the 2012 general elections in Ghana, the President and ruling party candidate for the December polls, John Atta Mills, passed away. At the time, the incumbent was down in the polls and his Vice President, John Mahama, who was embroiled in a series of multi-million dollar corruption scandals, was sworn in as President and became the ruling party’s presidential candidate.
Ghana had a newly compiled voters’ list compiled earlier in 2012, using biometric technology, to help prevent multiple registrations and avoid repeat voting and impersonation, two of the major problems with previous elections. Accordingly, a new law was passed, which effectively meant: “No Verification, No Vote”. Voters were distributed across 275 constituencies made up of 26,002 polling stations.
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