President-elect addresses nation.
Accra, 30 December 2000
President-elect, John Agyekum Kufuor has delivered his first
public address after being declared the winner of the run-off
election this morning.
Dressed in all white, which symbolizes victory, Mr. Kufuor
reiterated his desire to form an all-inclusive government.
"Everybody has his or her part to play in my administration,
there will be no room for witch-hunting of individuals or groups"
he told a jubilant crowd at his Airport residence in Accra.
Mr. Kufuor very aware of the enormous problems facing him
and his team as they prepare to take over asked for loyal
support and help to make the transition from the outgoing
government to the new administration as easy and as productive
He assured that when he took over, he would be the President
of all Ghanaians and not that of his party, the New Patriotic
Party. "Yesterday, I was the candidate of my party, today I am
the President-elect of all Ghanaians".
He pledged to be mindful of his responsibilities as president of all
Ghanaians and to work hard to bring about the "positive change"
in the lives of all people.
The President-elect describes the democratic process as an
achievement for all. He however warned that all must remain
mindful that "this is only the beginning. Ahead of us lie the
challenges of our deteriorating economy, our depreciating
currency and other problems of which we are all aware". He
urged all to join forces in confronting the challenges and solve
them in the spirit of unity.
"We must move forward into the new century as one nation, one
people with one manifest destiny", the man refereed to as the
gentle giant said.
He asked for the support and prayers of all Ghanaians for his
government and himself. "We are at the start of a brand new
century and with your support, we can make it a Ghanaian
The President-elect thanked the incumbent Vice-President and
his opponent in the just-ended fierce battle to the seat of
government for graciously conceding defeat. He also thanked
the President, Jerry John Rawlings for presiding over what he
called "a historic election", after his term of office as President of
the Republic. Mr. Kufuor reiterated his intentions to accord the
outgoing president all the courtesies due him as a former
The program was also attended by the leadership of the five
other parties who lend their support to the NPP during the re-
run. Notable among them was the unsuccessful Presidential
Candidate and running mate of the People's National
Convention (PNC), Dr. Edward Mahama and Mr. Bannerman
The leader of the United Ghana Movement (UGM), Dr. Charles
Wereko-Brobby and his running mate were also present. The
Reform Party was represented by its Chairman, Peter
Kpordugbe, whilst the CPP was also resented by its Chairman
Mr. Kufuor thanked his compatriots and all Ghanaians for their
support in the struggle. The jubilant crowd at his residence
mobbed him after his address amidst singing and chanting of
Mr. Kufuor's victory is seen as another great achievement for
Ghana. It has been described by the International Community as
a victory for democracy adding it demonstrates further Ghana's
pacesetter role on the continent.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr.
Kwadwo Afari-Gyan declared the NPP candidate as President-
elect of the Republic. He told a press conference that although
the result of the Asokwa constituency in the Ashanti is yet to be
announced, irrespective of what the outcome may be, Mr.
Kufuor has won.
Unconfirmed reports from the constituency however indicate
that a 'macho man' who carried two of the ballot boxes in the
constituency has been lynched and burnt with the boxes. The
Commission is yet to make a final declaration on that.
2nd round results
Other Useful Information
President's Sessional Address to Parliament - 2000
List of Districts in Ghana
List of Regions & Constituencies in Ghana
List of Members of Ghana's 4th Republic Parliament - 1999
Officers at the Majority and Minority Offices in Parliament- 1999
List of Government Ministers - 1999.
The 1992 Constitution of Ghana
Political parties in Ghana
Activities of political parties in Ghana since independence have been through a succession of metamorphoses.
About half of Ghana's life as an independent country has been under military rule, and during these periods
(1966 - 1969, 1972 - 1979, 1982 - 1992) the banning of activities of political parties has always come with it.
The lifting of this ban in 1990 to usher in the Fourth Republic of Ghana brought more than a sigh of relief to
Indications are that Ghanaians have now accepted democracy whole-heartedly and are prepared to fight "tooth and nail"
to protect the democratic processes of the young Fourth Republic. The evidence of this is the proliferation of
political parties in the country and the dynamic changes that keeps occurring every now and then in and among these
In recognition of the importance of political parties in building a true democratic culture, articles 55 and 56 of
the 1992 Constitution of Ghana together with the political parties law (PNDCL 281) set out the main legal framework
for the formation and operation of political parties in Ghana. Every Ghanaian of voting age, good character and conduct
has the right to form or join a political party. However for an organisation to operate as a political party, it must
be registered with the Electoral Commission (EC). The conditions to be satisfied in order to be registered as a political
party include the following:
The basis of these requirements is intended to ensure that political parties that emerge are really national in
character and scope of operation and not factional or regional parties.
- At least one of the founding members should be ordinarily resident and registered as a voter in each of the 110
districts of Ghana.
- It must have branches in all the 10 regions of Ghana and should, in addition, be organised in not less than
two-thirds of the districts in each of the 10 regions.
- Its name, emblem, colour, motto or any other symbol must not have any ethnic, regional or religious connotation
nor give the appearance that its activities are confined only to a part of Ghana.
Eleven organisations applied for registration as political parties at the inception of the Fourth Republic.
Eight of these organisations were granted the final certificates. They were the National Convention Party (NCP),
the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the People's Heritage Party (PHP), the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the
National Independence Party (NIP), the Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere (EGLE) Party, the Democratic People's
Party (DPP), and the Ghana Democratic Republican Party (GDRP).
From 1992 to 1996, a lot of changes occurred on the political scene. The NCP pulled out of the progressive alliance
while the PHP, NIP and a section of the PNC merged to form the People's Convention Party (PCP). As at 18th September
1996, there were nine registered political parties in Ghana. They were the Democratic People's Party (DPP), Every
Ghanaian Living Everywhere (EGLE) Party, Ghana Democratic Republican Party (GDRP), Great Consolidated Popular
Party (GCPP), People's National Convention (PNC), People's Convention Party (PCP), National Democratic Congress
(NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Convention Party (NCP). The NCP and the PCP have since merged to
form the Convention Party (CP).
Ghana Review International (GRi) now brings you an authentic up to date information on registered political parties
in the country. We hope to update this information from time to time to keep you abreast with the occurrence of events
in the circles of political parties in Ghana.
As of 31st July 1999, 10 political parties had registered with the Electoral Commission and had been issued with
certificates. The registered political parties as of this date are:
The Convention Party (C.P)
People's National Convention (PNC)
Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP)
Democratic People's Party (DPP)
Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere (EGLE) Party
National Democratic Congress (NDC)
Ghana Democratic Republican Party (GDRP)
New Patriotic Party (NPP)
United Ghana Movement (UGM) and
The National Reform Party (NRP)
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Shown here are manifestos that are available to us at this time, others will follow.
The New Patriotic Party 1996
The National Democratic Congress 1996
The United Ghana Movement
The New Patriotic Party 2000
The National Democratic Congress 2000
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