They’re choosing a new president — the leading candidates are the incumbent, John Dramini Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and Nana Akufo-Addo, the candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who only narrowly lost the previous presidential election in 2008. Polls and other evidence indicate that either candidate could realistically lead today’s vote. If no candidate wins over 50%, a runoff will be held on December 28.
They’re also choosing 275 members of Ghana’s unicameral parliament. Currently, the NDC holds a narrow majority, but the number of seats will be increased from 230.