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Afuko-Addo and Mahama face-off for a third time

Ghanaians will be heading to the polls on 7 December to elect their next president for a four-year term. Although 12 parties are competing, the electoral campaign has been polarised around two major ones: the NDC (National Democratic Congress) and the NPP (National Patriotic Party).

Photo: Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo greets supporters during his final electoral campaign. Copyright The Africa Report

Their respective candidates are also familiar faces: incumbent president, Nana Akufo-Addo (NPP) is running against former president John Dramani Mahama (NDC).

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