Democracy in Ghana

Democracy Ratings

Freedom House 2018

Score:

1.5 out of 7

(where lower scores are more democratic)

Freedom Status:

Free

EIU Democracy Index 2017

Score:

6.69 out of 10

(where higher scores are more democratic)

World Ranking:

52

Polity IV 2016

Score:

8

(from -10 to 10, where higher scores are more democratic)

Category:

Democracy

Political System

System of Government Presidential
Presidential Electoral System Two-round system
Last Presidential Election 2016
Next Presidential Election 2020
Presidential Term Limits Two, four-year terms
System of appointment to legislature

Single-member constituencies elected through first past the post system

Last Legislative Election

2016

Next Legislative Election

2020

Number of Seats in Legislature 275
Female quota, representation in lower house No

Results

Last presidential election (2016)
Candidate (Party) Votes (%)
1st round 2nd round not needed
Nana Akufo-Addo 53.9
John Dramani Mahama 44.4
Paa Kwesi Nduom 1.0
Ivor Greenstreet 0.2
Edward Mahama 0.2
Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings 0.2
Jacob Osei Yeboah 0.2

 

Last legislative election (2016)    
Party Votes (%) Seats
New Patriotic Party 53 171
National Democratic Congress 42 104
Progressive People’s Party 2 0
Convention People’s Party 1 0
People’s National Convention 0 0
National Democratic Party 0 0
All People’s Congress 0 0
United Front Party 0.01 0
Democratic People’s Party 0.01 0
Great Consolidated Popular Party 0.01 0
United Progressive Party 0 0
Independents 2.21 0

 

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