Ghana: What the Newspapers Are Reporting On the Eve of Ghana's Elections

With few hours to Ghana's Presidential and Parliamentary elections, newspapers in Ghana appear to be in a race for the most exciting elections headlines. The Chronicle leads with Election Fever Grips the Nation, Daily Graphic front page reads 'Morrow Is D-Day- 14.07m voters go to the polls. The world's focus is once again on Ghana as 14 million voters go to the polls tomorrow to decide who the next President of the Republic would be. Also at stake is the contest for 275 seats in parliament by 1,332 candidates from 14 of the 23 registered political parties. Out of the number 133 are female contestants. The Finder's headline reads-Now is the hour, DailyGuide Final Hour- Nana Vrs Mahama explaining that the stakes are very high in tomorrow's presidential election as eight gentlemen jostle for the country's topmost job. Although the eight job seekers have vigorously crisscrossed the country, it is clear that it is a two-horse race between the ruling National Democratic Congress and the leading opposition party the New Patriotic Party.

Another story dominating front pages is the final rallies by the two leading political parties in Ghana. TheGhanaian Times headline NPP'S grand finale rally says the flag-bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has told Ghanaians not to gamble with the future of the youth by voting for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).He said that the abysmal performance of the NDC has culminated in economic hardship with its concomitant high rate of unemployment and that the youth would continue to wallow in misery if the party is retained. The New Independent also headlined Mahama Predicts NDC'S Victory while The Chronicle ends with Gargantuan rallies bring Accra to a standstill. The two major political parties yesterday rounded up their political campaigns with mammoth rallies ahead of the crucial general election on Friday. The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) chose the Accra International Trade Fair Centre as venue, while the New Patriotic Party held its rally at the Efua Sutherland Children's Park both in the capital Accra but sufficiently apart from each other.

From the Ghanaian Times NDC HOLDS MAMMOTH RALLY, President John Mahama yesterday, addressed a mammoth rally at the Trade Fair site in La, Accra to round off months of intensive campaigning, with a firm declaration that "God's will is going to be done on Friday, the election day, and the NDC will emerge the victor."He dedicated the intensive campaign and the victory that would emerge to his late Predecessor and mentor, President John Evans Atta-Mills.

Ahead of Friday's polls EC Assures Electorate of Smooth Voting, According to the Daily Graphic the Electoral Commission (EC) has allayed the fears of the voting public concerning tomorrow's polls, saying the problems encountered during the special voting for security personnel and staff of the EC on Tuesday will not be encountered. At a forum with journalists in Accra yesterday, the Chairman of the EC, Dr Kwadwo Afari - Gyan, explained that the problems experienced during the special voting resulted from the failure of the security services to provide adequate information for the commission to compile a comprehensive special register of members of the services. The Chronicle also quoted the EC saying "we are ready".

Staying with security, we are informed that 'Security men won't be disenfranchised', explaining that Security personnel who were unable to vote on Tuesday will not be sent outside the region they registered during the biometric registration. The Director-General of operations of the Ghana Police service, COP John Kudalor, revealed this in an interview with the Finder in Accra yesterday. He said: 'we will not disenfranchise anybody 'According to him, officers at the Police Headquarters were the ones to augment the work of their counterparts in the regions, adding that only a few of the officers at the headquarters did not vote. But he added that those who could not vote in the special elections would be made to stay behind to do so.

Daily Graphic has it that Centre to Monitor 2012 Election on Social Media. A Social Media Tracking Centre (STMC) that will monitor the use of social media during Ghana's 2012 elections has been set up. The centre is to provide a real time response mechanism on election irregularities, violence and other concerns by reaching out to key election stakeholders for immediate action.

The final story for today's elections stories review centers on the headline story by the Daily Graphic which quotes the EC saying Results within 48 hours. The final results of tomorrow's general elections will be declared within 48 hours after the polls, the Chairman of the Electoral Commission (E.C) has said. He said although the Commission usually gave itself up to 72 hours to declare results of the elections, results of tomorrow's polls would be known within 48 hours.

This daily news review is compiled by African Elections Project (AEP) Media Monitoring Centre, Accra, Ghana. Follows us on twitter @Ghanaelections and like our facebook page Ghana Votes

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