Former President John Dramani Mahama

Former President John Mahama has been elected flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

In a landslide victory, he won 98.90 percent of the total votes cast in the party’s presidential primary held on May 13, 2023.

The former President polled 297,603 votes while his contender, Kojo Bonsu, polled 3,181 of the total votes cast representing 1.1 percent.

Director of Electoral Services for the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Serebour Quaicoe, made the declaration on Sunday May 14,2023.


Mr Mahama served as Vice President from January 2009 to July 2012, and took over as president in accordance with law on July 24, 2012, following the death of his Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.

He went on to win the December 2012 election and served as President for one term (Four years).

He was unsuccessful in his re-election bid in 2016 and 2020 after he was defeated by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Mr Mahama is a communication expert, historian, and writer.

He was a Member of Parliament for Bole Bamboi from 1997 to 2009 and served as Deputy Minister for Communications between 1997 and 1998 before becoming the substantive Minister for Communications in 1998.

He is the first head of state of Ghana to have been born after Ghana’s independence.