The NDC political party with Mahama as its presidential candidate has a female eyeing for the vice president spot. A sit that has attracted the attention of many Nigerians. The elections set to take place on the 7th of December are expected to usher in a new leadership era. Especially with a female vice president in the political race. She will be the first-ever female vice president in the history of Ghana. Many perceive this move as a great achievement and inspiration to many women. This is not only in Ghana but internationally as well. Women are slowly rising the ranks and proving to the world that they, too, can make it in leadership roles.
Women empowerment in the West African region
Surprisingly, women in the West-African region greatly dominate the business world. Women largely contribute to businesses which form the second-largest economy in the West African region. This is because most of these businesses are under the management and control of women. However, the same determination portrays itself least in the political arena. Only 13% of parliamentary seats account for women.
All hope is not lost. According to the former education minister Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman, nominating a woman as a vice president is great. Especially in that, it will encourage more women to explore the political field. A push that will work just fine to motivate and inspire Ghanaian women positively.
The political race
NDC`s presidential candidate John Mahama is facing it off with the incumbent president Nana Akufo-Addo. Nana is racing alongside vice president Mahamadu Bawumia. Bawumia served as a banker for the reigning New Patriotic Party (NPP). Apparently, results from a political poll in September- October survey revealed Nana as a possible win.
As a result, many views nominate a woman as a vice president as an NDC strategy. By having a female Vice president in the election campaigns, people believe that they will earn more votes. In fact, an October poll conducted by Ghanaian market research firm MSI-ACI revealed that 70% of the people were in awe of her.
There are a total of 12 candidates running for the presidency seat. Three of whom are women. But they fail to be prominent due to the dominance of NPP and NDC political parties. This power dominance is dated back to the year 1992.
COVID-19 pandemic amidst the political race
The pandemic has hit the nation as hard as other nations. The major oil, fold, and cocoa producer has faced a backlash in the exports due to lockdown measures enforced. This has seen women suffering greatly due to their dominance in the economic sector. Both presidential aspirants have made promises towards addressing the issue in the event of their victory. All eyes are set on the 7th of December, where both presidential and parliamentary elections will be held.
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