About 10 candidates filed their papers at the end of the deadline on Friday to contest next December’s presidential election in Ghana that will see the successor to President John Agyekum Kufuor, who is not eligible to stand again after completing his two four-year terms.
The two main candidates are former foreign minister Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is running on the ticket of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and former vice president John Evans Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress, who is making his third attempt.
Two other candidates who may be vital to the outcome of the elections if the vote goes into a second round are Dr Paa Kwesi Nduo, former energy and public sector reform minister, representing the Convention People’s Party and Dr Edward Mahama, who is also making his fourth attempt on the ticket of the People’s National Convention.
There is one independent candidate who will be the first contestant without a political party backing him since Ghana returned to constitutional rule in 1993.
Parliamentary candidates also filed their papers, with the major parties contesting all 230 seats.