The National Democratic Congress, or NDC, has been at the helm for four years now, after wrestling power from the New Patriotic Party, or NPP, in the 2008 general elections. NDC leader and interim President John Mahama is asking voters to choose him for president based on sound management of the economy under his party’s leadership. The former vice president became interim president in July, after the sudden death of President John Atta Mills. Amin Joseph is the ruling party’s secretary in the Ashanti Region. He said the NDC wants to retain the office to solidify economic gains.
“You don’t change a winning team. Looking at the developments that have gone on in the country, it is clear that the NDC should be given another chance to continue with whatever development [projects] it has started,” Joseph said. He said one project includes the construction of schools for classes currently being held under trees. And he cites construction of a water project and hospital in the Ashanti region.
The NDC – a Social Democratic Party – held power from 1993 to 2001. It lost power to the rival New Patriotic Party in the 2000 general election, but regained control in 2008 under the leadership of the late President Mills.
The December general elections will be the sixth consecutive democratic polls in Ghana since it adopted a new constitution in 1992, ending years of instability and military coups.
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