The New Patriotic Party was formed as soon as it was revealed by the Justice Annan Committee that the mood of the nation was in favour of multiparty politics in early 1992.
Since then the Party has had contested in five presidential and parliamentary elections. The following persons have been presidential candidates for the party:
  • 1992 – Prof. Albert Adu-Boahen
  • 1996 – John Agyekum Kufuor
  • 2000 – John Agyekum Kufuor
  • 2004 – John Agyekum Kufuor
  • 2008 – Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
  • 2012 – Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

The Party boycotted the 1992 parliamentary elections because of election irregularities and intimidation of voters. In 1996, the Party lost the presidential elections but secured a significant number of seats in Parliament. By 2000, a wind of change blew across Ghana and after a run-off; the Party secured a majority in Parliament in addition to winning the presidential election. Ghanaians were impressed by the achievements of the Party in just four years and voted massively for the Party in the 2004 elections. In the 2008 elections, after a hotly contested election and run-off, the Party lost by 0.50%. The closest margin in worldwide politics.

During the Party’s time in office, Ghana witnessed unprecedented economic development. As a result of the stability and good governance exhibited by the Party, investors and multinational corporations flocked to Ghana to take advantage of the favourable investment climate. Ghana was hailed as the model African country.

The Party’s policy is to liberate the energies of the people for the growth of a property owning democracy in Ghana, with right to life, freedom and justice, as principles to which Government and laws of the land should be dedicated in order specifically to enrich life, property and liberty of each and every citizen. These were the words of Dr. J. B. Danquah, one of the fathers of the Party.

The Party is offering to lead Ghana into the next phase of positive change. Its programme is designed to achieve a radical acceleration of Ghana’s capacity to create wealth, and thereby to supply the means for a much higher standard of welfare for everybody.  And the key to success in this enterprise is manpower development. An army of skilled people is needed to build the new Ghana.

The NPP Youth UK was formed based on these policies and with the main objective of encouraging the youth of Ghana regardless of residence or political ideology to get involved in the politics of Ghana. As the statistics demonstrate, over 70 per cent of Ghanaian voters are the youth. Therefore, the youth should be active participants in politics and government and not just passive participants. NPP Youth UK hopes to bring this awareness to all Ghanaian youth by organising workshops, seminars and other informative events where various topics on democratic principles will be discussed.

A full biography of the NPP can be downloaded here: The New Patriotic Party – Development in Freedom

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